April 1998

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Commission rejects an application for interim measures lodged by luxury car manufacturer concerning possible abuses of trademark rights (Vickers / Rolls-Royce)
Studio Legale Clarizia (Rome)
"Vickers/Rolls-Royce"* On 6 April 1998, the Commission adopted a Decision rejecting an application for interim measures lodged by Vickers PLC. On the occasion, it pointed out that, at the stage of a prima facie appraisal, the assessment under competiton law of a clause granting the trade mark (...)

Unilateral Practices

The EU Commission adopts decisions not to act on complaints concerning alleged infringements of the ECSC Treaty that occurred in the past (British Coal Corporation / National Association of Licensed Opencast Operators)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"The ECSC Treaty allows the Commission only to deal with infringements having a prospective effect"* The Commission adopted, on 27 April 1998 and on 28 July 1998, decisions not to act on complaints concerning alleged infringements of the ECSC Treaty that occurred in the past. THE COMPLAINTS (...)

Mergers

The European Commission approves, subject to remedies, an acquisition in the glass container market (Owens-Illinois/BTR Packaging)
European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"Mergers Recent important decisions" The Commission decided on 21 April 1998 to clear the acquisition of BTR’s Packaging Business Group (BTR Packaging) by Owens-Illinois, Inc(Owens-Illinois), subject to commitments submitted to the Commission. The decision marks the first occasion of the use of (...)

The European Commission clears an acquisition in the pet food sector (Nestlé/Dalgety)
European Commission - DG TRADE (Brussels)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"Mergers Recent important decisions" On 2 April 1998 the Commission approved Nestlé’s acquisition of the Spillers pet food business from Dalgety. Nestlé of Switzerland is engaged in a wide range of food businesses including pet food. Dalgety of Britain is active in agribusiness, food distribution (...)

State Aid

The European Commission decides to open art. 93(2) proceedings concerning a State guarantee covering 50% of a loan of 50 million ECU which is envisaged to be awarded by the regional Flemish authorities to a joint venture in the telecommunications industry (Hermes Europe Railtel)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"BELGIQUE. La Commision décide l’ouverture de la procédure de l’article 93 §2 du traité CE en vue d’examiner la compatibilité avec le marché commun de l’octroi par les autorités régionales flamandes d’une garantie de crédit en faveur de la société de télécommunications Hermes Europe Railtel N.V."* On 7 (...)

The European Court of Justice rejects the appeal of the Commission in a State aid case granted in favor of a subsidiary of the French postal services incumbent (Sytraval)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Comment on the Judgment of the Court of 2 April 1998, Case C-367/95 P: Commission of the European Communities and French Republic v Chambre syndicale nationale des entreprises de transport de fonds et valeurs (Sytraval) and Brink’s France SARL"* 1. The Background With judgment of 28 September (...)

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