September 1999

Anticompetitive practices

The EU Commission exempts under art. 85(3) of the EC Treaty the creation of a joint venture in the digital interactive television services (British Interactive Broadcasting)
Gibson Dunn (Brussels)
"The British Interactive Broadcasting Decision and the application of competition rules to the new digital interactive television services"* I. Introduction The Commission exempted on 15 September 1999 pursuant to Article 81 (3) of the EC Treaty the creation of a joint venture company, (...)

Mergers

The French Minister of Economics clears a merger in the advertising sector with remedies including a bundling prohibition and output restriction (Decaux SA / Avenir)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The operation By the present transaction, Decaux will acquire the sole control of Avenir. Both parties are active on the outdoor advertising market. The market(s) The markets are the supply of advertising posters at national and local level. Remedy 1: Bundling prohibition At the national (...)

The French Minister of Economics clears in phase II the creation of a joint venture in the sector of production and sale of de-icing salt subject to divestiture, obligation of supply and withdrawing the use of a trademark (CSME / MDPA / SCPA / ROCK )
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The operation Following the Commission’s decision of full referral, the French Minister of Economy authorised the creation of a joint venture between two companies active in the sale of de-icing salt subject to voluntary remedies. The markets concerned by remedies The market concerned by (...)

State Aid

The French Supreme Administrative Court considers that a decree reducing the postal aid to the press is only a minor modification to an existing State aid scheme and not an aid (Syndicat de la presse périodique culturelle et scientifique...)
University of Aix-Marseille
This case deals with the specific postal tarif granted to the press in France. A reshuffling of the framework of the relations between the Post and the press took place in 1995 which lead to an increase of 50 % of the the postal tariffs. An agreement was concluded on 4 July 1996, and the (...)

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