February 1999

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission exempts the standard leases of the three largest brewers in the UK (Whitbread, Bass, Scottish & Newcastle)
Competition Economists Group (CEG)
"UK Beer Cases"* This year the Commission has exempted the standard leases of the three largest brewers in the UK. This conclusion followed an exhaustive examination by the Commission services of the way in which the national brewers Bass, Scottish and Newcastle (“S&N”) and Whitbread have (...)

The Irish Supreme Court considers a pharmaceuticals distribution agreement to be in conformity with both domestic and EC competition law and rejects a claim in civil proceedings (Chanelle Veterinary/Pfizer)
London School of Economics
Irish High Court, 30 July 1997, Chanelle Veterinary Limited v. Pfizer (Ireland) Limited and Pfizer Animal Health Irish Supreme Court, 11 February 1999, Chanelle Veterinary Limited v. Pfizer (Ireland) Limited and Pfizer Animal Health [1999] 1 IR 365 Facts of the case The plaintiff, Chanelle (...)

Mergers

The European Commission requires for the first time remedies to clear a concentration in the pharmaceutical sector (Astra/Zeneca)
European Commission - DG TRADE
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European Commission - DG TRADE
"Mergers: Recent developments and important decisions"* The decision in Astra/Zeneca marks the first time in the pharmaceutical sector where commitments were required to clear the concentration. In view of the ongoing consolidation of the pharmaceutical industry, such situations may become (...)

The European Commission opens full investigation into a proposed merger in the airlines industry (KLM/Martinair)
European Commission - DG TRADE
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European Commission - DG TRADE
"Mergers: Recent developments and important decisions"* In KLM/Martinair, the European Commission decided to open a full investigation based on competition concerns regarding the supply of flights from Dutch airports (notably Amsterdam/Schiphol) to tour operators and individual ‘leisure’ (...)

State Aid

The European Commission approves public funding of two German public special interest channels (Kinderkanal, Phoenix)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Germany – Commission approves public funding of two public special interest channels"* The Commission has approved on 24 February 1999 the financing from state resources of the two German public special interest channels “Kinderkanal” and “Phoenix”. Further to a complaint, the Commission found (...)

The European Commission agrees part of the restructuring aid in favor of a German manufacturer of newspaper printing machinery parts (Graphischer Maschinenbau)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Germany - The Commission agreed part of the restructuring aid in favour of Graphischer Maschinenbau GmbH, Berlin"* By decision of 3rd February 1999, the European Commission has agreed part of the aid for the restructuring of Graphischer Maschinenbau GmbH, a manufacturer of newspaper printing (...)

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