The European Commission clears a merger in the Danish energy sector remedying competition problems through infrastructure unbundling and gas release (DONG/Elsam/E2)

"DONG/Elsam/E2: Remedying competition problems in an energy merger through infrastructure unbundling and gas release"*1. Introduction Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission on 14 March 2006 authorised — subject to commitments — the acquisition by Danish natural gas incumbent DONG of Elsam, Energi E2 (‘E2‘), Kobenhavns Energi (‘KE‘) and Frederiksberg Elnet (‘FE’). Elsam and E2 are the Danish electricity generation incumbents in West Denmark (Elsam) and East Denmark (E2), respectively, while KE and FE are the electricity retail incumbents in the Copenhagen area. In parallel with the acquisitions by DONG, the Swedish state-owned electricity incumbent Vattenfall acquired parts of Elsam‘s and E2‘s assets (e.g. power plants), a transaction that contributes to boosting

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  • European Commission - DG CNECT (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European External Action Service (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)

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Peter Eberl, Kristóf Kovács, Walter Tretton, Claes Bengtsson, Søren Bo Rasmussen, The European Commission clears a merger in the Danish energy sector remedying competition problems through infrastructure unbundling and gas release (DONG/Elsam/E2), 14 March 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2006, Art. N° 36595

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