The European Commission approves a merger between two undertakings operating in the gas sector, electricity generation and retail, and in energy services keeping energy markets in Belgium and France open and contestable through far-reaching remedies (Gaz de France, Suez)

"Gaz de France/Suez: Keeping energy markets in Belgium and France open and contestable through far-reaching remedies"*I. Introduction Following an in-depth investigation, the Commission approved under the EU Merger Regulation the merger between Gaz de France (‘GDF‘) and the Suez Group on 14 November 2006. GDF is active in the gas sector at all levels, in electricity generation and retail, and in energy services. It operates throughout Europe, but mainly in France and Belgium. In Belgium, GDF, along with Centrica, has joint control over SPE, the second biggest player in the Belgian electricity and gas markets. The Suez group is active in the gas and electricity sectors, in energy services and in water and environmental services, and operates mainly in Belgium and France. Suez‘ main

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  • European Commission - DG CNECT (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Directions régionales des entreprises, de la concurrence, de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi (Direccte)
  • European Commission - Legal Service (Brussels)
  • Council of the European Union (Brussels)
  • European Commission - Legal Service (Brussels)
  • Ogilvy PR
  • EU Office to Hong Kong

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Peter Eberl, Augustijn Van Haasteren, Philippe Redondo, Geerts Wils, Kirsten Bachour, Giuseppe Conte, Clémentine Martini, Alessandro Paolicchi, The European Commission approves a merger between two undertakings operating in the gas sector, electricity generation and retail, and in energy services keeping energy markets in Belgium and France open and contestable through far-reaching remedies (Gaz de France, Suez), 14 November 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2006, Art. N° 36252

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