The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes the Competition Commission decision regarding maritime transport over the Channel highlighting contradictory analysis of mergers between National Competition Authorities (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink)

The control of the Channel remains an emphatically strategic subject of prime importance for England: the Eurotunnel ferries might well not be allowed to disembark at Dover in the future! At least that’s what the Competition Commission, the British competition authority (hereinafter referred to as the “CC”), decided on 6 June 2013. Some dates just stick in the memory. But on December 4, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (London) quashed the decision and remitted to the CC the question on whether it had jurisdiction. [1] The CAT required the CC to reconsider the case, and in particular whether a relevant merger situation arose. The issue which is to be studied by the CC in depth is whether Eurotunnel had acquired a bare asset (ferries) or an enterprise. These ferries, along with other

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Philippe Corruble, The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal quashes the Competition Commission decision regarding maritime transport over the Channel highlighting contradictory analysis of mergers between National Competition Authorities (Eurotunnel / SeaFrance / MyFerryLink), 4 December 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin Transport (rail), Art. N° 61754

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