November 1995

General antitrust

The OECD holds a roundtable on competition policy and film distribution
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Key documents: Background note Competition in film distribution, which has long been a concern, is now affected by the development of alternative methods of film distribution through television and video. Competition analysis of film distribution must examine: i) the relevant market (...)

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission fines Dutch companies for imposing a certification system in the crane-hire market (FNK, SCK)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Certification : The Dutch Crane-Hire Case"* In its decision of 29 November 1995, the Commission imposed fines (The immunity from fines resulting from the notifications by FNK and SCK in early 1992 was withdrawn under Articles 15 (6) by Commission Decision 94/272/EC of 13 April 1994, OJ L 117 (...)


The European Commission approves, subject to conditions, a concentration creating the world’s largest packaging company (Crown Cork and Seal/Carnaud MetalBox)
JG Associates (Brussels)
DG REGIO (Brussels)
"Mergers Summary of the most important recent developments"* The Commission authorised the proposed acquisition of Carnaud Metalbox S.A. by Crown Cork & Seal, Inc., subject to the fulfilment of divestiture commitments made by Crown in order to meet the competition concerns identified by (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirms a district court decision in concluding that the FTC’s proposed market definition for a hospital merger was an unreasonable approach (Freeman / Oak Hill)
Senator Mitch McConnell (Washington)
The FTC brought suit seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the merger of two hospitals in Joplin, Missouri, contending the transaction would have anticompetitive effects in violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The City of Joplin, Missouri, a community of approximately 40,000 (...)


The European Commission adopts a notice on cooperation between the Commission and national courts in the field of State aid
DG COMP (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
"Notice on cooperation between the Commission and national courts"* It follows from Article 93(3) of the EC Treaty that Member States are under an obligation to notify all aid measures within the meaning of Article 92(1) to the Commission and may not put the aid measure into effect before the (...)


The OECD holds a roundtable on the reform of international satellite organisations
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Key documents: Background note Since the creation of international satellite organisations (ISOs), technology and institutions have changed. Fibre optic cable has greatly increased connectivity. Satellites and ground stations have become more efficient. Private satellite systems have emerged. (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on competition in telecommunications
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Key documents: Background note In 1996, at the time of the roundtable, an unprecedented wave of deregulation and liberalisation had started in the telecommunications sector. Participants discussed institutional aspects of antitrust and regulation in the sector. One issue was whether (...)

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