Legal and Regulatory

Spotlight – Competition & Regulation: 16/10/2014

16 October 2014

Weekly Alert


Mergers Invitation to Comment

M.7342: Alcoa/Firth Rixson

M.7353: Airbus/Safran/JV

Mergers Cleared

M.7000: Liberty Global/Ziggo

Mergers Cleared

M.7366: Whirlpool/Indesit

Competition General

Joaquin Almunia speech:

Joaquin Almunia speech:

Electronic Communications

EC publishes revised EC Recommendation on relevant product and service markets within electronic communications sector susceptible to ex ante regulation

EC fines Slovak Telekom and parent, Deutsche Telekom, for abusive conduct in Slovak broadband market


EC publishes update of progress towards Completing the Internal Energy Market

State Aid

EC approves creation of British Business Bank

EC orders Spain to recover additional aid granted through tax benefits for acquisitions of indirect shareholdings in foreign companies

The European Commission has found that the Slovak system of compulsory health insurance involves no state aid

The European Commission has ordered the recovery of incompatible aid from Ryanair and approved the aid to manager of Altenburg-Nobitz Airport (Germany)

United Kingdom


CMA proposals to lower payday loan costs

CMA publishes

CMA publishes Statutory Audit Services Order 2014

Electronic Communications


Ofcom statement

Ofcom: disputes between BT and each of EE and Three regarding BT


Ofgem announces reforms to more transparency to company profits

Ofgem investigation into British Gas, E.ON and Npower over advanced meter roll-out performance


HM Treasury:

Public Procurement

The Cabinet Office: Reforms to Public Procurement

DEFRA update on retail exit project introduced by the Water Act 2014