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The EU Commission authorises an alliance between Italian and Dutch airlines subject to behavioural remedies (KLM / Alitalia)

"Alitalia-KLM: A new trend in assessing airline alliances ?"* On 11 August 1999, the European Commission authorised the alliance between the Italian airline Alitalia and the Dutch airline KLM. The investigation of the proposed alliance brought the Commission to address a certain number of issues linked to the air transport sector in an innovative way compared to the two most significant precedents: Swissair-Sabena (IV/M.616 of 20.7.1995) and Lufthansa-SAS (IV/35.545 of 16.1.1996). The present paper outlines the three elements of the decision that the author considers to be the most interesting: the choice of the Merger Regulation as a legal basis, the market definition and the undertakings submitted by the parties to overcome the competition concerns raised by the operation. 1. The

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Enrico Maria Armani, The EU Commission authorises an alliance between Italian and Dutch airlines subject to behavioural remedies (KLM / Alitalia), 11 August 1999, e-Competitions August 1999, Art. N° 39317

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