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23 Mar 12

Weekly Alert - 23 March 2012

In the news

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change v Friends of the Earth - the Government has lost its appeal in the Supreme Court  
Deutsche Boerse announces it will challenge the European Commission’s decision to block the Deutsche Boerse/NYSE merger


Mergers Notified  
COMP/M.6346: APMT/Bolloré/Congo Terminal Notice
COMP/M.6472: Groupe Bolloré/CMA CGM/Terminal du Grand Ouest Notice
COMP/M.6506: Groupe Auchan/Magyar Hipermarket Notice
State Aid – General  
EC approves UK aid to the Royal Mail Group Press Release
Vice President Almunia and UEFA President Platini issue joint statement confirming Financial Fair-Play rules in professional football are in line with EU state aid policy Press Release
EC approves French aid to digitise its film heritage Press Release
Joined Cases T-50/06 RENV, T-56/06 RENV, T-60/06 RENV, T-62/06 RENV and T-69/06 RENV Ireland v Commission, France v Commission, Italy v Commission, Euralluminia SpA v Commission, Aughinish Alumina Ltd v Commission Press Release
Public Procurement  
New Procurement Directive proposed addressing (i) situations in which contracting authorities can choose between competitive dialogue or the negotiation procedure, and (ii) the special regime for social services

Choice of Procedure

Social Services

EC proposes Regulation ensuring a level playing field for procurement involving countries outside the EU Press Release
Competition – General  
Cases T-458/09 and T-71/10: Slovak Telecom v Commission Press Release
Electronic Communication  
EC publishes European Parliament and Council’s decision establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme Decision
EC opens in depth investigation into Dutch regulatory authority’s decision not to mandate that KPN provides broadband access to competitors Press Release
EC refers Hungary to Court of Justice for failing to end the special tax on telecom operators Press Release
EC requests Bulgaria ensures open and non-discriminatory access to digital terrestrial broadcasting infrastructure market Press Release
EC publishes responses to the Renewable Energy Strategy consultation Responses
ACER “Draft Framework Guidelines on Interoperability and Data Exchange Rules for European Gas Transmission Networks” consultation Consultation
EC requests Finland, Greece and Poland bring their renewable energy legislation in line with EU Rules Press Release
EC requests that Italy implement water legislation correctly Press Release
EC requests Poland and Greece takes steps to comply fully with rules on airport charges Responses
EC opens in depth State aid investigation into airports in Belgium, France and Germany Responses
Financial Services  
President Barroso statement at Multiannual Financial Framework conference Statement


Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of minority stake in Vossloh AG by H.H. Thiele (Knorr-Bremse AG) Press Release
Bundeskartellamt prohibits Xella from acquiring Danish aerated concrete manufacturer H+H Press Release
Bundeskartellamt issues ruling on abusive practices against Entega - Entega ordered to reimburse its electric heating customers with approx. € 5 million Press Release
Bundeskartellamt concludes cartel proceedings against chemical wholesalers - Fines totalling € 8.7 million imposed on 13 further companies Press Release

United Kingdom

Mergers – Undertakings Submitted  
Solway/Premier Press Release
Mergers – Full Text Decisions  
Capital Shopping Centres Group plc/Broadmarsh Retail Limited Partnership Full Text
Mergers – Competition Commission  
Stericycle, Inc/Ecowaste Southwest Limited Press Release
Electronic Communication  
Ofcom opens “Geographic telephone numbers - Safeguarding the future of geographic numbers” consultation Consultation
Tesco v OFT Judgment
BAA Limited v Competition Commission Order
Ofgem opens “Revised guidance on providing an annual statement of supply to CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme participants” consultation Consultation
Ofgem publishes decision on Electricity Discretionary Reward scheme (DRS) Decision
Ofwat publishes updated procedures and policies Document
Public Procurement  
Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) has published “The Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012” Regulations
Midlands Co-Operative Society Ltd v Birmingham CC (on the application of Tesco Stores) Judgment
R (on the application of UNISON) v NHS Wiltshire PCT. The High Court held that a trade union did not have sufficient interest to bring a claim that the PCT did not follow public procurement procedures Judgment
Health and Social Care Bill passed

Press Release


OFT publishes Annual Plan 2012-13 Annual Plan


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