The EU General Court rejects a rival’s challenge to the Commission’s decision allowing two Dutch cable operators to merge subject to conditions (KPN)

On 27 January 2021, the GCEU confirmed the EC’s decision declaring the merger of the two main Dutch cable operators, Ziggo N.V. and Liberty Global Plc, compatible with the internal market, thus rejecting the action introduced by their competitor, KPN BV, a provider of retail television offers over a cable network. Background By its decision of 10 October 2014, the EC authorised Liberty Global’s acquisition of control over its competitor Ziggo, subject to conditions (Decision C (2014) 7241 final in Case COMP/M.7000, Liberty Global/Ziggo). Initially, the EC had concerns that the transaction would have negative effects on the market for the wholesale supply and acquisition of TV channels and sub-segments of this market. The parties finalised the

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Frédéric Pradelles, Mary Hecht, The EU General Court rejects a rival’s challenge to the Commission’s decision allowing two Dutch cable operators to merge subject to conditions (KPN), 27 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 106739

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