The EU Commission approves structural remedies offered by German electricity operator in order to remove suspected infringements of EU Article 102 concerns in the German electricity wholesale and balancing markets (E.ON)

"The E.ON electricity cases: an antitrust decision with structural remedies"*I. Introduction On 26 November 2008 the Commission adopted a commitment decision addressed to E.ON AG for suspected infringements of EU competition law involving the German electricity markets. For the first time in the Commission’s decision-making practice, the decision requires the company concerned to dispose of very significant assets: E.ON will have to divest 5 000 MW of generation capacity as well as its high-voltage transmission grid [1] including system operation business in Germany. The two asset divestiture remedies were voluntarily offered by E.ON in order to settle two different cases the Commission had launched against the undertaking with inspections in December 2006. The first case relates to

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  • DG REGIO (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) (Ljubljana)
  • Council of the European Union (Brussels)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Compass Lexecon (Brussels)

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Karoly Nagy, Philippe Chauve, Martin Godfried, Stefan Siebert, Kristóf Kovács, Gregor Langus, The EU Commission approves structural remedies offered by German electricity operator in order to remove suspected infringements of EU Article 102 concerns in the German electricity wholesale and balancing markets (E.ON), 26 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2008, Art. N° 35136

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