CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS – RAIL TRANSPORTS

Phase I : The European Commission approves a concentration in the rail transport sector, subject to commitments for non-discriminatory access to infrastructures due to a risk of vertical foreclosure of the markets (SNCF Mobilités / Eurostar International Limited)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Until 2010, Eurostar was a cooperation between SNCF, the British rail transport operator LCR and the Belgian national railway operator SNCB: each railway company owned its own assets and was responsible for managing the service on its own national territory. On 17 June 2010, the Commission authorised, subject to commitments, the creation of Eurostar International Limited (hereafter 'Eurostar'), a full-function joint venture operating the cross-Channel rail transport service autonomously and jointly controlled by SNCF and the UK Government (with the Belgian SNCB holding 5% of the capital). In 2015, in the context of the UK Government's sale of

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Olivier Billard, Guillaume Fabre, Phase I : The European Commission approves a concentration in the rail transport sector, subject to commitments for non-discriminatory access to infrastructures due to a risk of vertical foreclosure of the markets (SNCF Mobilités / Eurostar International Limited), 13 May 2015, Concurrences N° 2-2016, Art. N° 79455, pp. 141-142

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