The EU Court of First Instance holds that an ancillary restriction directly related and necessary to the implementation of an operation does not require a full market analysis (Métropole Télévision)

Case T-112/99 Métropole télévision (M6) and Others v Commission of the European Communities 1. It is settled law that any measure which produces binding legal effects such as to affect the interests of an applicant by bringing about a distinct change in his legal position is an act or decision which may be the subject of an action under Article 173 of the EC Treaty (now, after amendment, Article 230 EC) for a declaration that it is void. Thus, any natural or legal person may bring an action for annulment of a decision of a Community institution which does not allow, in whole or in part, a clear and precise request from that person which falls within the competence of that institution. In such a situation the total or partial rejection of the request produces binding legal effects

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