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The European Commission exempts the standard leases of the three largest brewers in the UK (Whitbread, Bass, Scottish & Newcastle)

"UK Beer Cases"* This year the Commission has exempted the standard leases of the three largest brewers in the UK. This conclusion followed an exhaustive examination by the Commission services of the way in which the national brewers Bass, Scottish and Newcastle (“S&N”) and Whitbread have operated the contractual agreements with their lessees. The Commission considered that the tied lessees could compete on a level-playing field with their “free trading” competitors, and that an exemption from EC competition rules was justified. Background The Commission’s involvement in UK public house leases stemmed from the fact that the Commission considers that the specification of the beer tie as it is commonly used in the UK does not fulfil the requirements of the so-called beer block

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Nils Von Hinten-Reed, The European Commission exempts the standard leases of the three largest brewers in the UK (Whitbread, Bass, Scottish & Newcastle), 24 February 1999, e-Competitions February 1999, Art. N° 39311

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