Legal and Regulatory

Spotlight – Competition & Regulation: 21/08/2014

21 August 2014

Weekly Alert


Mergers Invitation to Comment

M.7316: Det Norske Oljeselskap / Marathon Oil Norge

M.7332: BSkyB/Sky Deutschland/Sky Italia

M.7340: Ferrero International/Oltan Group

M.7282: Liberty Global/Discovery/All3Media

Mergers Cleared

M.7284: Siemens/John Wood Group/Rolls-Royce Combined ADGT Business/RWG

Competition General

EC consults on functioning and future of the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation


ACER adopts decision on allocation of costs for Gas Interconnection project between Poland and Lithuania

ACER issues Opinion on implementation of investments in electricity transmission networks

EC sends Statement of Objections to Bulgarian Energy Holding for suspected abuse of dominance on Bulgarian wholesale electricity market

State Aid

EC approves Greek financing of ELTA for transitory period (2013-2015) for universal postal service and opens in depth investigation for 2016-2020 period

EC publishes



Mandatory plant register for renewable energy plants now operative (German only)

Notification of newspaper merger withdrawn after Federal Cartel Office announced intention to prohibit the merger

Federal Cartel Office case report on milk merger (Arla)

United Kingdom

Mergers Invitation to Comment


National Express Group/Essex Thameside Rail Franchise

Merger Inquiries

ProStraken Group Plc/Archimedes Pharma Limited

Information Resources Inc./Aztec Group

Marston Holdings Ltd/Collectica Limited

Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited/Vulcan Holdco Limited


British Telecommunications PLC v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations); (1) Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc (2) Virgin Media Limited and (3) Verizon UK Limited v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations); (1) British Sky Broadcasting Limited and (2) TalkTalk Telecommunications Group plc v Office of Communications (Ethernet Determinations)


DECC: Aviation EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)



Ofwat publishes letter from the Director of Strategy on