Competition Policy Newsletter | Number 1 (Spring 2007)

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Series Details Number 1
Publication Date Spring 2007
ISSN 1025-2266
EC KD-AB-07-001-3A-C
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  • The new community framework for state aid for research and development and innovation by Thibaut KLEINER and Renate REPPLINGER-HACH
  • Commission adopts revised Leniency Notice to reward companies that report hard-core cartels by Sari SUURNÄKKI and María Luisa TIERNO CENTELLA
  • Commission launches public consultation on draft Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines by Giuseppe CONTE, Kay PARPLIES and Vincent VEROUDEN
  • Milestones in maritime transport: EU ends exceptions by Fabrizia BENINI and Carsten BERMIG

Opinions and comments 

  • Effective unbundling of energy transmission networks: lessons from the Energy Sector Inquiry by Philip LOWE, Ingrida PUCINSKAITE, William WEBSTER and Patrick LINDBERG
  • ECN Model Leniency Programme — a first step towards a harmonised leniency policy in the EU by Céline GAUER and Maria JASPERS
  • Competition in Pharmaceuticals: the challenges ahead post AstraZeneca by Nadia DE SOUZA
  • State aid for films — a policy in motion? by Jérôme BROCHE, Obhi CHATTERJEE, Irina ORSSICH and Nóra TOSICS
  • Solving problems at the sources: why telecommunications regulation should focus on wholesale, not on retail, markets by Iratxe GURPEGUI and Przemyslaw KORDASIEWICZ


  • The Energy Sector Inquiry: conclusions and way forward by Eleonora WÄKTARE, Kristóf KOVÁCS and Alexander GEE 60 Sector Inquiry Identifies Widespread Competition Barriers in Retail Banking by Elena CAPRIOLI, Elke GRAEPER, Agata MALCZEWSKA, Tanya PANOVA, Jean ALLIX, Andras JANECSKO, Paul MCGHEE, Lukas REPA and Antonio Carlos TEIXEIRA
  • Sector Inquiry into Business Insurance — Commission seeks comments on Interim Report by Concetta CULTRERA, Christoph EMSBACH, Mourad HADDAD and Antonio Carlos TEIXEIRA


  • Commission fines copper fittings producers € 314.7 million for price fixing cartel by Glykeria DEMATAKI and Rainer WESSELY
  • Commission fines producers and traders of synthetic rubber € 519 million for price fixing and market sharing cartel by Massimo DE LUCA and Bjarke LIST
  • Commission fines fourteen undertakings a total of € 266 million for participating in a cartel for road pavement bitumen in the Netherlands by Jan NUIJTEN and Bertus VAN BARLINGEN
  • Commission re-adopts cartel decisions in the steel sector by Téa Katarina BROMS and Susanne LAGEARD

Merger control 

  • Mergers — Main developments between 1 September and 31 December 2006 by Mary LOUGHRAN and John GATTI 83 Gaz de France/Suez: Keeping energy markets in Belgium and France open and contestable through far-reaching remedies by Kirsten BACHOUR, Giuseppe CONTE, Peter EBERL, Clémentine MARTINI, Alessandro PAOLICCHI, Philippe REDONDO, Augustijn VAN HAASTEREN, Geert WILS
  • Empirical estimation of a discrete choice model for filler calcium carbonates in the paper industry by Benoît DURAND and Enrico PESARESI

State aid

  • ECJ Judgement of 5 October 2006 Commission v. France: A major step forward for the recovery policy by Bernadette WILLEMOT and Anne FORT
  • Recent training aid cases in the car industry by Andrés GARCIA BERMUDEZ and Christophe GALAND
  • Regional investment aid to the shipbuilding industry: How to deal with capacity increases? — Experience with the Volkswerft Stralsund and Rolandwerft cases by Sabine CROME and Charlotte DUPUIS
  • State aid to an electronics cluster in Poland: Assessing regional investment projects in the context of spatial agglomeration by Agnieszka DRZEWOSKA, Jaime ROJO DE LA VIESCA and András TARI
  • Poste Italiane: a market fee can fulfil the Altmark criteria by Daniel BOESHERTZ and Paola ICARDI
  • Utilisation d’avances remboursables pour aider la R&D: mise en ligne du régime belge en faveur du secteur aéronautique par Leen DE VREESE et Jean-Charles DJELALIAN
  • Clarification of the procedure for terminating rescue aid where the presentation of a restructuring plan does not justify the prolongation — comment on the decisions in case of rescue aid to CIT and Ottana by Max LIENEMEYER
  • Two Dutch cases on State aid and soil rehabilitation by Saskia DIRKZWAGER-DE RIJK

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