July 1996

Mergers

The European Commission opens proceedings for a detailed investigation of a proposed joint venture for the manufacture, processing, marketing and sale of silicon carbide (Saint-Gobain/Wacker Chemie/NOM)
DG GROW (Brussels)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 31st July the Commission opened proceedings for a detailed investigation of the proposed joint venture between two subsidiaries of Saint-Gobain and Wacker Chemie and NOM (a private state-owned Dutch investment and development (...)

The European Commission initiates detailed investigation into a proposed concentration in the wholesale and retail of daily consumer goods and specialty goods in Finland (Kesko/Tuko)
DG GROW (Brussels)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 26 July the Commission decided to open proceedings on the acquisition of Tuko Oy by Kesko Oy. Keskoand Tuko are active in Finland in the wholesale and retail of daily consumer goods (both food and non-food products) and (...)

The European Commission initiates an in depth investigation of the proposed joint venture for supply of services to operators of cable, audiovisual and television services (Telefonica/Sogecable/Cablevision)
DG GROW (Brussels)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 26th July 1995 Telefonica and Sogecable together with Canal Plus, Spain agreed to merge their activities relating to the supply of services to operators of cable, audiovisual and television services in a joint venture, (...)

The EU Commission approves, subject to remedies, a merger in the health care, animal feed, crop protection and seeds sectors (Ciba-Geigy / Sandoz)
DG GROW (Brussels)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 17th July, after four months of extensive investigations, the Commission approved the proposed merger between Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz into Novartis. The decision was granted under the condition that the parties comply with an (...)

The President of the EU Court of First Instance rejects a request for interim measures concerning a proposed concentration in the TV broadcasting sector (Sogecable)
DG GROW (Brussels)
"Mergers : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 12.07.1996 the Judge President of the Court of First Instance (CFI) decided to reject the request from Sogecable for interim measures by declaring the appeal irreceivable. Sogecable had brought action against the Commission (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission adopts new SME guidelines for State aid
DG COMP (Brussels)
"The Commission Adopts New SME Guidelines"* The Community guidelines on state aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), adopted by the Commission in 1992 (OJ C 213 of 19.8.1992) provide that before the end of the three-year period following their publication the Commission will review (...)

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