UK: Competition and Regulation Focus - 21st April, 2010

Last Updated: 26 April 2010
Article by Paul Stone

In the News

OFT fines tobacco manufacturers and retailers over retail pricing practices a total of £225 million. To read the press release, click here .

European Commission adopts revised competition rules for vertical agreements. To read the press release, click here and here .

European Notifications and Publications

Mergers Invitation to Comment

  • COMP/M.5793: Dalkia CZ/NWR Energy – provision of electricity and district heat. Interested parties should submit their comments by 27 April 2010. To read the notification, click here .
  • COMP/M.5827: ELIA/IFM/50HERTZ – transmission system operator, global infrastructure investment manager, electricity transmission operator. Interested parties should submit their comments by 26 April 2010. To read the notification, click here .
  • COMP/M.5832: Avelar/Enovos/Aveleos – supply of gas and electricity, renewable energy, photovoltaic energy markets. Candidate for simplified procedure. Interested parties should submit their comments by 30 April 2010. To read the notification, click here .

Mergers Cleared

  • COMP/M.5676: SevenOne Media/G + J Electronic Media Service/Tomorrow Focus Portal/IP Deutschland/JV – provision of marketing internet advertising space, market research, television network advertising, online marketing. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5717: The Stanley Works/The Black & Decker Corporation – manufacture and supplier of hand and power tools for industrial, home and garden use. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5733: Gestamp Automoción/Edscha Hinge & Control Systems – supply of metal components such as control systems, hinge systems for the automotive industry and steel services. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5735: UTC/GE Security – manufacture and supply of high technology products and services for building systems and aerospace industries, fire detection and electronic security equipment. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5777: Drägerwerk/Dräger Medical – medical and safety technology, developer, producer, distributor of products, services and integrated systems solutions for intensive and home care. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5788: Sharp/Enel Green Power/JV – generation, supply and distribution of energy, consumer and IT products. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5795: Siemens/Sinara Locomotives/JV – railway technology encompassing in particular electrical and diesel locomotives, financial services, property development, steel pipe production, transport machinery engineering. To read the decision, click here .
  • COMP/M.5820: HPS/DKPS/SC – construction industry, chemical production and hydrotechnics, fund and asset management. To read the decision, click here .

State Aid

  • The European Commission has extended the deadline for responses to its consultation into "the application of the Temporary Framework" to 26 April 2010. To read the press release, click here .
  • The European Commission has referred Greece to the ECJ for failing to recover illegal aid from Hellenic Shipyards. To read the press release, click here .


  • Joaquín Almunia speech: "Europe 2020: for competitive and sustainable industries". To read the speech, click here .
  • José Manuel Durão Barroso speech: "Commission Work Programme 2010". To read the speech, click here .
  • Neelie Kroes speech: "Future Internet – the way forward". To read the speech, click here .
  • Neelie Kroes speech: "Net neutrality in Europe". To read the speech, click here .


  • The European Commission has accepted the commitments offered by Svenska Kraftnät and made them legally binding. The Commission states these commitments will increase trade in electricity within Sweden and between Sweden and neighbouring countries resulting in lower prices for customers and end consumers. To read the press release, click here .

UK Notifications and Publications


  • Ofcom has opened a consultation into the BBC's request to cover the Commonwealth Games 2010. Interested parties should submit their comments by 21 May 2010. To read the consultation, click here .


  • British Sky Broadcasting Limited v Office of Communications (Interim Relief). The CAT has published the Summary of Application relating to Ofcom's final decision in its pay TV review. To read the document, click here .
  • British Telecommunication Plc (Termination Charges: 080 calls) v Office of Communications. The CAT has published the Summary of Appeal. To read the document, click here .

Competition Commission

  • The Competition Commission has published the April 2010 draft of the Merger Assessment Guidelines. To read the document, click here .

Mergers – Invitation to Comment

  • Coca-Cola/Fresh Trading – non-alcoholic beverages. Interested parties should submit their comments by 26 April 2010. To read the notification, click here .
  • GXS/Inovis – electronic data interchange services. Interested parties should submit their comments by 27 April 2010. To read the notification, click here .

Mergers Cleared – Subject to Acceptance of Undertakings

  • GB Oils Limited/Brogan Holdings Limited – heating oils and transport fuels. To read the press release, click here .

Mergers Cleared

  • Smurfit Kappa Group plc/the UK Corrugated Packaging Operations of Mondi Group AG – corrugated packaging. To read the decision, click here .

Mergers – Full Text Decisions

  • Heineken N.V./Emprex Cerveza, S.A. de C.V. – beer distribution. To read the full text decision, click here .


  • Ofcom has issued a regulatory statement with regard to "Programme-making and special events: future spectrum management, access and availability". To read the statement, click here .
  • Ofcom has issued a regulatory statement with regard to "Simplifying spectrum trading: Reforming the spectrum trading process and introducing spectrum leasing". To read the statement, click here .
  • Ofcom has published a "Notice of its Decision to Vary Satellite Earth Station Licences". To read the notice, click here .

Ofcom has published an update with regard to the "Disputes between BT and each of T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and Orange about BT's termination charges for 080 calls". To read the update, click here .

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