The EU Commission grants an individual exemption under article 81(3) of the EC Treaty for the creation of a joint venture between airlines (British Midland International / Lufthansa / SAS)

"Commission approves British Midland International joining STAR alliance"* On 1 March 2000 the airlines British Midland International (bmi), Lufthansa and SAS (hereinafter ‘The Parties’) notified to the European Commission a co-operation agreement in accordance with Regulation 3975/87 for a decision applying Article 81(3) of the EC Treaty and Article 53(3) of the EEA Agreement. On 12 June 2001, the European Commission informed the Parties that they were granted a six year exemption for their Tripartite Joint Venture Agreement (‘TPJVA’). Granting such an exemption became possible after the Parties had made a number of undertakings which addressed the Commission’s competition concerns. It followed a detailed investigation during which the Commission services had consulted a large number of

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Oliver Stehman, The EU Commission grants an individual exemption under article 81(3) of the EC Treaty for the creation of a joint venture between airlines (British Midland International / Lufthansa / SAS), 1 March 2000, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 39021

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