May 1997

Unilateral Practices

The Czech Constitutional Court declares that in the period preceding the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU, the rights guaranteed by the Constitution were not infringed by the Czech competition authorities basing their interpretation of Czech competition law on the corresponding EC rules (Skoda Auto)
Wolf Theiss (Prague)
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Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague)
The decision of the Ministry for Competition (the predecessor of the Czech NCA) in the Škoda Auto case, confirmed on constitutional complaint by the Constitutional Court in its judgement rendered on 29 May 1997, is one of the oldest and at the same time most controversial cases of application of (...)

Mergers

The EU Commission approves, subject to remedies, a merger between UK and US telecommunications companies (British Telecom / MCI)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Merger : Summary of the most important recent developments"* The second decision under Article 8(2) of the Regulation was taken on 14th May, four months after the launch of a “2nd phase” in depth investigation. The Commission’s initial inquiry gave rise to serious concerns with respect to the (...)

The EU Commission initiates a detailed investigation into the creation of a joint venture between US leading soft drinks company and Danish brewing company (Coca-Cola / Carlsberg)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Merger : Summary of the most important recent developments"* On 2nd May, the Commission decided to initiate a detailed investigation into the creation of a joint venture and the transfer of assets between The Coca-Cola Company and Carlsberg. In the first stage, the operation only affects (...)

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