The EU Commission clears a joint venture of nine European airlines companies creating an online travel agency (Opodo)

"Commission clears online travel agency Opodo"*Introduction Opodo is an online travel agent created as a joint venture by nine of the largest European airlines. It was notified to the Commission in November 2000. Opodo offers internet travel agency services including airline ticket sales, hotel bookings, car hire and insurance. It has already launched its website in Germany, the UK and in France and intends to offer its services on a pan-European basis. As notified, the case might have raised some concerns under Article 81 and 82 of the Treaty and the notifying parties proposed a set of undertakings to remedy these concerns. The Commission took these undertakings into account as part of its assessment of the joint venture and eventually issued a ‘negative clearance’ type comfort

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Christine Tomboy, The EU Commission clears a joint venture of nine European airlines companies creating an online travel agency (Opodo), 9 December 2002, e-Competitions December 2002, Art. N° 36931

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