The Brussels Court of Appeal partially annuls Competition Council’s decision concerning a merger in the cinema industry (Kinepolis)

On 11 March 2010, the Brussels Court of Appeal handed down a judgment which partially annuls a decision of the Competition Council of 1 October 2008 (the “Decision”). In the Decision, the Competition Council partially upheld the conditions it had imposed in 1997 when approving the merger between Belgian cinema groups Bert and Claeys, which created leading Belgian cinema group Kinepolis. However, the Decision limited these conditions to three years in duration, after which they would automatically expire. In its conditional clearance decision of 17 November 1997, the Competition Council had imposed specific conditions on Kinepolis in order to ensure that the merger between groups Bert and Claeys would not adversely affect competition in

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Martin Favart, The Brussels Court of Appeal partially annuls Competition Council’s decision concerning a merger in the cinema industry (Kinepolis), 11 March 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2010, Art. N° 59168

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