Belgian Competition Council’s second decision on Kinepolis merger conditions offers more elaborate motivation and different outcome (Kinépolis)

Facts In 1997, the Kinepolis Group was set up in a merger between Groep Bert and Groep Claeys to be active both as cinema operators and to a lesser extent as film distributors. Through the merger the Kinepolis Group would become the dominant player in cinema facing competitors of considerably smaller size only. The merger was notified to the Competition Service of the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs and subsequently approved by the Belgian Competition Council ("Council") under a number of conditions, imposed for a ten year period and to be renewed for new periods of ten years save party request for termination of the conditions. Procedure - Motivation standard In December 2006, at the end of the first ten year period, Kinepolis filed a petition to review and withdraw the

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Maarten Peeters, Belgian Competition Council’s second decision on Kinepolis merger conditions offers more elaborate motivation and different outcome (Kinépolis), 1 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 22895

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