The EU Court of First Instance dismisses an appeal challenging a Commission’s decision to refer a merger to the Spanish competition authorities (Cableuropa)

Joined Cases T-346/02 and T-347/02 Cableuropa SA and Others v Commission of the European Communities* 1. For a Community measure to be of direct concern to a natural or legal person within the meaning of the fourth paragraph of Article 230 EC, it must directly affect the applicant's legal situation and its implementation must be purely automatic and result from Community rules alone without the application of other intermediate rules. That is the case, in particular, where the possibility that addressees will not give effect to the Community measure is purely theoretical and their intention to act in conformity with it is not in doubt. The purpose of a decision by the Commission under Article 9(3) of Regulation No 4064/89 to refer the examination of a concentration operation to the

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