EU: Commission clears acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filter assets by Ericsson

EU: Commission clears acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filter assets by Ericsson

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Kathrein’s antenna and filter assets (Kathrein) of Germany by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Ericsson) of Sweden. Kathrein is a global provider of communication technologies solutions. Ericsson is a global provider of network equipment and software, as well as services for network and business […]

France: €8.5M of illegal aid to Ryanair at Montpellier airport recovered

France: €8.5M of illegal aid to Ryanair at Montpellier airport recovered

The European Commission has found that the marketing agreements concluded between the local Association for the Promotion of Touristic and Economic Flows (APFTE) and Ryanair at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU State aid rules. Ryanair now has to return €8.5 million (US$9.5 million) of illegal State aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge […]

European Competition Policy in Digital: What’s Next?

European Competition Policy in Digital: What’s Next?

August 2019 CPI Europe Column edited by Anna Tzanaki (Competition Policy International) & Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) presents: European Competition Policy in Digital: What’s Next? By Nicolas Petit (University of Liege & College of Europe)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   This short note is about the future of European Union (“EU”) competition policy […]

EU: Commission approves €300M for broadband networks in Greece

EU: Commission approves €300M for broadband networks in Greece

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €300 million (US$332 million) of public support for Greece’s Ultrafast Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will bring ultrafast broadband services to customers in areas with insufficient connectivity in Greece. The Greek Ultrafast Broadband Scheme has an indicative budget of €300 million and is financed through […]

EU: EC clears acquisition of sole control over Royal Reesink Group by Triton

EU: EC clears acquisition of sole control over Royal Reesink Group by Triton

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of Royal Reesink and its subsidiaries of the Netherlands by Triton Fund V of Luxembourg, Triton Managers V, and TFF V, both of Jersey. The Royal Reesink Group is a distributor of branded machinery and equipment, namely machinery for agriculture […]

EU: EC opens consultation for national courts when handling disclosure information

EU: EC opens consultation for national courts when handling disclosure information

The Antitrust Damages Directive helps citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of EU antitrust rules. In this regard, national courts are likely to receive requests for disclosure of evidence containing confidential information. The Antitrust Damages Directive obliges Member States to ensure that national courts have the power to order disclosure […]

EU: Commission adopts new Notice on recovery of illegal State aid

EU: Commission adopts new Notice on recovery of illegal State aid

Since 2012, the European Commission (‘Commission’) has implemented the State Aid Modernisation Agenda (‘SAM’). Under the SAM, the Commission has streamlined and consolidated a number of guidelines. A package of legislation has also strengthened the Member States’ responsibility and increased cooperation between the Commission and Member States in the field of State aid enforcement. As […]

EU: EC issues guidance on 3rd country bidders in the EU procurement market

EU: EC issues guidance on 3rd country bidders in the EU procurement market

Today’s guidance is part of a package of Commission initiatives to ensure fair competition, high quality and a level playing field in public procurement markets. It is also the first deliverable of the 10 actions set out in the Communication on EU-China relations and supported by the European Council in its March 2019 conclusions. The […]

The EU Commission Issues Passing-on Guidelines

The EU Commission Issues Passing-on Guidelines

July 2019 CPI EU News Column edited by Thibault Schrepel, Sam Sadden & Jan Roth (CPI) presents: The EU Commission Issues Passing-on Guidelines By Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht, LL.M. (Yale)1 Click here for a PDF version of the article   Background Cartel damages litigation is of increasing importance in the EU, evolving into a second […]

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