Legal and Regulatory

Spotlight – Competition & Regulation: 01/04/2014

1 April 2014

Weekly Alert

In the News

Ofgem/OFT/CMA joint assessment finds competition in retail energy markets may not be achieving good outcomes for all consumers and small businesses


Mergers Cleared

COMP/M.7193: Gores/Premier Foods/Hovis

Competition General

General Court reduces fine imposed on Saint-Gobain group for car glass cartel

EC adopts new rules for assessment of technology transfer agreements under EU antitrust rules

EC carries out dawn raids at companies active in automotive exhaust systems industry

State Aid

EC concludes French scheme providing support to electricity production from on-shore wind installations is compatible with EU state aid rules

General Court confirms financial aid by European Regional Development Fund to Italian region of Apulia must be reduced by almost

EC concludes Greek public support measures granted to Larco General Mining and Metallurgical Company S.A. gave an undue advantage over its competitors

EC opens in-depth investigation into certain public service compensations and free asset transfers in Italian rail freight transport market are in line with EU state aid rules

EC concludes German scheme providing direct grants for development and revitalisation of land does not constitute state aid

EC calls on Luxembourg to submit information the EC needs in order to assess whether certain tax practices favour certain companies


New EU rules on public procurement and concessions published

Electronic Communications


EC publishes study with an assessment of retail fixed broadband access prices for variety of broadband offerings including standalone and bundled services for eight speed categories


ACER: opinion on the entso-e network code on electricity balancing

United Kingdom

Mergers Cleared

Tradebe Environmental Services Limited/ SITA UK Limited

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson/Creative Broadcast Services Holdings Limited

Competition Commission

OFT refers Alliance Medical Limited/IBA Molecular UK merger to the CC

CC provisionally confirms jurisdiction over Groupe Eurotunnel

Competition General

CMA publishes Rules of Procedure for Merger, Market and Special Reference Groups

OFT finds Pride Mobility Products Limited and some retailers have infringed competition law regarding sales of mobility scooters

CC decides against varying or removing undertakings restricting the way in which IMS Health Incorporated sells its specialised pharmaceutical data services

OFT market study finds competition could work better in purchase and supply of Information and Communications Technology products and services to public sector

Electronic Communications

Ofcom: provisional conclusions in dispute between (i) Gamma Telecom Holdings Limited (




Siemens announces decision to invest


CAA publishes final decision on future economic regulation of Stansted Airport