November 2000

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission adopts new rules concerning horizontal cooperation agreements
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Horizontal Co-operation Agreements: New Rules in Force"* On 1 January 2001 new rules for the assessment of horizontal cooperation agreements entered into force. The adoption by the Commission of the new ‘block exemption’ Regulations for Specialisation and R&D agreements and of the (...)

The European Commission adopts a report on the evaluation of reg. 1475/95 concerning the distribution of motor vehicles
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Commission adopts a Report on the evaluation of Regulation (EC) No 1475/95 concerning the distribution of motor vehicles and publishes two further studies"* INTRODUCTION Motor vehicle distribution and servicing agreements are governed by the sector specific block exemption, Commission (...)

A Luxembourg Commercial Court rules that a de minimis exclusive distribution agreement is not prohibited under Article 85 EC (La Pastourelle/Rolling)
FratiniVergano
1. Facts On 1 April 1982, "la Pastourelle" (hereafter "the plaintiff"), limited company under Belgian law, and "Maison Rolling" (hereafter "the defendant"), shop located in Luxembourg, concluded an exclusive sale agreement for a duration of 5 years. This agreement was extended for the same (...)

A Luxembourg Commercial Court rules that a de minimis exclusive distribution agreement is not prohibited under Article 85 EC (La Pastourelle/Rolling)
FratiniVergano
1. Facts On 1 April 1982, "la Pastourelle" (hereafter "the plaintiff"), limited company under Belgian law, and "Maison Rolling" (hereafter "the defendant"), shop located in Luxembourg, concluded an exclusive sale agreement for a duration of 5 years. This agreement was extended for the same (...)

A Luxembourg Commercial Court rules that a de minimis exclusive distribution agreement is not prohibited under Article 85 EC (La Pastourelle/Rolling)
FratiniVergano
1. Facts On 1 April 1982, "la Pastourelle" (hereafter "the plaintiff"), limited company under Belgian law, and "Maison Rolling" (hereafter "the defendant"), shop located in Luxembourg, concluded an exclusive sale agreement for a duration of 5 years. This agreement was extended for the same (...)

A Luxembourg Commercial Court rules that a de minimis exclusive distribution agreement is not prohibited under Article 85 EC (La Pastourelle/Rolling)
FratiniVergano
1. Facts On 1 April 1982, "la Pastourelle" (hereafter "the plaintiff"), limited company under Belgian law, and "Maison Rolling" (hereafter "the defendant"), shop located in Luxembourg, concluded an exclusive sale agreement for a duration of 5 years. This agreement was extended for the same (...)

A Luxembourg Commercial Court rules that a de minimis exclusive distribution agreement is not prohibited under Article 85 EC (La Pastourelle / Rolling)
FratiniVergano
1. Facts On 1 April 1982, "la Pastourelle" (hereafter "the plaintiff"), limited company under Belgian law, and "Maison Rolling" (hereafter "the defendant"), shop located in Luxembourg, concluded an exclusive sale agreement for a duration of 5 years. This agreement was extended for the same (...)

Unilateral Practices

The French Competition Authority opens an inquiry in the WAP technology sector (France Télécom Mobiles and SFR)
French Competition Authority
Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. the Conseil de la concurrence opens an inquiry into practices by France Télécom Mobiles and SFR in the WAP technology sector* In a decision dated 7th November 2000, following a referral by the company (...)

Mergers

The Czech Competition Office cleared a merger in the chemical products sector, subject to maintainance of current supplies (Agrobohemie/Aliachem)
Clifford Chance
The operation As a result of the merger, AGROBOHEMIE,a.s. ("Agrobohemie") acquired a direct control over ALIACHEM, a.s. ("Aliachem") by acquiring its 49,25% of shares as the remainder of shares in Aliachem was held by minority shareholders). (p. 1 and 2) Agrobohemie is controlled by AGROFERT (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Council cleared in phase II a merger in the breweries market with remedies, including divestiture and certain business behavioural commitments (Carlsberg/Kalnapilis at al.)
Vodafone (Istanbul)
The operation By a decision dated 9 November 2000, the Lithuanian Competition Council authorized in phase II the indirect acquisition by Carslberg A/S (« Carslberg ») of AB Kalnapilis (« Kalnapilis »), UAB Utenos alus (« Utenos alus ») and UAB Jungtinis alaus centras (« Jungtinis alaus centras »). (...)

State Aid

The French Administrative Supreme Court held that a social tax exemption did not qualify as a State aid (URSAFF de la Haute-Garonne)
Université Aix-Marseille
French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat), 17 November 2000, URSAFF de la Haute-Garonne, Case n° 185772, Lebon, p. 517-520 Facts The Union de recouvrement des cotisations de sécurité sociale et d’allocations familiales (U.R.S.S.A.F., Union of recovery of social security contributions (...)

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