The Dutch Competition Authority clears merger after having serious doubts in first phase decision (Aalsmeer flower auction / FloraHolland)

1. Introduction On 21 August 2007, the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit,hereinafter "NMa") cleared a merger between Coöperatie Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer U.A. ("Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer") and Coöperatieve Bloemenveiling FloraHolland U.A. ("FloraHolland"). Both undertakings are cooperative societies whose members are flower growers mainly from the Netherlands. These undertakings provide for sales support services related to the supply and purchase of ornamental plants. They establish trading platforms (including auctions), determine basic tariffs for the products and offer mediation services in negotiations between growers and purchasers. In addition they offer logistic services, financial services, and

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  • De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)
  • Smeets Van Empel advocaten (Amsterdam)

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Margot Aelen, Loes Brekhof, The Dutch Competition Authority clears merger after having serious doubts in first phase decision (Aalsmeer flower auction / FloraHolland), 21 August 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2007, Art. N° 21030

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