yˆêŽŸŽ‘—¿W|Headline 2003i‘O”¼jz

 

June

 

*2003-06-30@Oftel Newly added!

BskyB EPG Proposed Listings Price Rises

complaint: Simply TV currently broadcasts eleven television channels on the satellite platform on a free-to-air basis and does not require any encryption facilities from BskyB – Oftel has considered the price increase does fall between the floor of the incremental cost and the ceiling of the stand-alone cost and no price differentiation

*2003-06-27@EC Newly added!

Study on the rating practice used for audiovisual works in the European Union pdf

including the data on rating systems of broadcasting in European countires

*2003-06-27@Oftel

David Edmonds welcomes High Court judgement on calls to mobile phones

*2003-06-27@CC 

Mobile Phones Judicial Review - Court Rejects Challenge to Competition Commissionfs Report

*2003-06-26@ICN

Annual Conference in Mexico - Information Library

cf. *2003-06-26@from EC, DOJ, FTC

World competition authorities call for enhanced merger review, advocacy and capacity building at ICN conference

Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner for Competition Policy

Introductory Remarks for the ICN Capacity Building and Competition Policy Implementation Working Group

Second ICN Annual Conference Medrida, Mexico, 23-25 June 2003

Press Release: Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate Promotes Merger Process Reform at International Competition Network Conference in Merida, Mexico

FTC Officials Promote Merger Process Reform at International Competition Network Conference in Merida, Mexico

*2003-06-26@FCC

FCC Adopts Annual Report on State of Competition in the Wireless Industry pdf

*2003-06-26@EC

EU fundamentally reforms its farm policy to accomplish sustainable farming in Europe

Statement of President Prodi on CAP

*2003-06-26@EC

European Union and The United States of America agree on opening negotiations on open aviation area

*2003-06-26@EC

COMP/38.287 - Telenor + Canal + + Canal Digital - Art. 19(3) notice

*2003-06-26@JFTC

Œö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ï‚É‚¨‚¯‚镽¬‚P‚S”N“x‚̐­ô•]‰¿‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-06-25@FTC

Nestlé- Dreyer's Settle FTC Charges

Nestlé S.A. and Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. have agreed to divest three of Dreyer's brands and Nestlé's distribution assets to settle FTC charges that their merger would lessen competition in the market for the sale of superpremium ice cream to the retail channel and violate federal law

cf. *2003-03-04

*2003-06-25@FCC

Statement of Chairman Powell Regarding Fox's Announcement to Launch High-Definition Programming pdf

*2003-06-25@Ofcom   

Agenda for the Ninth Meeting of Ofcom to be Held at Riverside House on 24 June 2003 at 2 P.M

including Policy Items - Review of Public Service Television Broadcasting, Ofcomfs relationship to the Oftel Market Reviews

*2003-06-25@Ofcom  

Note of the Eighth Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held at Riverside House, London, 7 May 2003

including Commissioning of Independent Productions: Draft Guidance for Public Service Broadcasters

*2003-06-25@JFTC

ƒCƒ“ƒ^[ƒlƒbƒgÚ‘±ƒT[ƒrƒX‚ÌŽæˆø‚ÉŒW‚éŒö•\Ž¦‚ÌŽÀ‘Ô’²¸‹y‚сuÁ”ïŽÒŒü‚¯“dŽq¤Žæˆø‚É‚¨‚¯‚é•\Ž¦‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä‚ÌŒi•i•\Ž¦–@ã‚Ì–â‘è“_‚Æ—¯ˆÓŽ–€v‚̈ꕔ‰ü’èiŒ´ˆÄj‚ÌŒö•\‚ɂ‚¢‚ā@pdf

*2003-06-24@EC 

Pre-announcement of a public workshop on "The electronic communications consultation mechanism" provided for by Article 7 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC

Article 7 stipulates NRAs and Commission have to cooperate when deciding remedies, defining a relevant market and wether or not to designate an undertaking as SMP and so forth

*2003-06-24@EC 

European energy reforms and the private sector

Speech by Loyola de Palacio Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport and Energy

Forum for EU-US Legal Economic Affairs Washington, 24 June 2003

*2003-06-24@EC 

Belgian tax regime for US Foreign Sales Corporations not in line with EU State aid rules – State Aid

*2003-06-24@Ofcom

House of Lords – Communications Bill Report Stage

mentioning a new role gto maintaining and strengthening the quality of public service television broadcasting in the United Kingdomh

*2003-06-24@Oftel 

Dispute between BT and Vodafone regarding wholesale connections between BT's and Vodafone's networks (radio base station backhaul circuits) - Direction 24 June 2003

*2003-06-23@DCMS

Ministerial Responsibilities at DCMS

*2003-06-23@CAT, OFT

Aberdeen Journals v Director General of Fair Trading [2003] CAT 11

OFT Press release: CAT has upheld an OFT ruling that Aberdeen Journals Ltd had abused its dominant position by predatory pricing in breach of the Competition Act 1998

*2003-06-23@US Supreme Court

United States v. American Library Assn., Inc. Docket 02-361 pdf [from FindLaw]

public libraries' use of Internet filtering software does not violate their patrons' First Amendment rights

*2003-06-20@European Council

European Council, Thessaloniki 19-20 June 2003

Agenda and Programme pdf

European Council - Presidency Conclusions pdf

European Council welcomes the Draft Constitutional Treaty as a good basis for starting the IGC and marks the completion of the Convention's tasks as set out Laeken (except technical work on Part III). It requests the future Italian Presidency to initiate this Conference to be convened in October 2003 and to agree the Treaty a.s.a.p. to become known to European citizens before the June 2004 elections for the European Parliament.

*2003-06-20@CC

Competition Commission receives high ranking in Global Competition Review survey of competition regimes pdf

*2003-06-20@OFT 

The Enterprise Act coming fully into force on 20 June 2003

*2003-06-20@“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ•´‘ˆˆ—ˆÏˆõ‰ïi‘–±ÈƒTƒCƒgj

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*2003-06-19@FCC

Commissioner Adelstein Seeks Stay of Media Ownership Decision pdf

*2003-06-19@FCC

Commissioner Copps Calls on FCC to Stay Media Ownership Decision Pending Congressional Deliberation pdf

*2003-06-19@FCC

Auction Reform Act of 2002

Report / Appendix B

*2003-06-19@FCC

New FCC Web Site Highlights Technological History of Television

*2003-06-19@EC

Commission clears Deutsche Post's sole control of Securicor distribution activities

*2003-06-19@EC

Commission takes issue with Topps' distribution practices for Pokémon collectible stickers and cards

restrictions of parallel trade

*2003-06-19@EC

More active EU involvement in dialogue on Reform of State Owned Enterprises in developing countries

*2003-06-19@EC

"Current EU issues for the Distribution Sector"

Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

EuroCommerce Gala Dinner Brussels, 18 June 2003

*2003-06-18@DOJ

Press Release: Statement of Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate Regarding the Department's Filing Today in the Microsoft Case

*2003-06-18@EC

Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Presenting the Thessaloniki European Council Press conference Brussels, 18 June 2003

*2003-06-18@EC

Questions and answers on the proposed Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

*2003-06-18@EC

Television without frontiers: second series of public hearings next week

*2003-06-18@Ofcom

Westminster Media Forum, 17 June 2003 - Speech by Tony Stoller, External Relations Director

*2003-06-18@O‹c‰@ƒTƒCƒg

’˜ìŒ –@‚̈ꕔ‚ð‰ü³‚·‚é–@—¥ˆÄ‚̐¬—§

–{•¶ / Œo‰ß

*2003-06-17@FTC 

FTC Joins International Law Enforcers in Announcing Newly Developed Cross-Border Fraud Guidelines

*2003-06-17@ECJ 

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-383/01 De Danske Bilimportrrer v Skatteministeriet, Told- og Skattestyrelsen

In spite of its very high level, the Danish duty on registration of new motor vehicles is neither caught by Article 28 EC nor contrary to Article 90 EC, in the absence of any Danish production of vehicles and thus of any discriminatory or protective effect of the charge

*2003-06-17@EC 

Antitrust: Report by Charles River Associates on Multiparty Licensing

*2003-06-17@DCMS 

Lord McIntosh's Speech on Digital Television to the Westminster Media Forum

*2003-06-17@DTI 

Consultation on Modernisation of EU competition law

*2003-06-17@CC, DTI

Inquiry into the proposed merger of Granada plc & Carlton Communication plc - Further Statement of Hypothetical Remedies

Hewitt extends deadline for Carlton/Granada Merger Report

additional remedies presented – annual airtime auction / customers power for share for discount : the deadline extended to 26 August 2003

cf. *2003-05-19, 2003-04-29, *2003-03-27@OFT, *2003-03-11@DTI, CC

*2003-06-16@EC (commissioned study) Newly added!

Regulatory implications of the introduction of next generation networks and other new developments in electronic communications

Executive Summary / Final Report

*2003-06-16@OFT signs_s13.gif  

The new Enterprise Act, which comes fully into force on June 20, has wide-ranging implications for businesses and consumers – Enterprise Act 2002

cf. The new OFT merger notice for submitting pre-notified mergers under the Enterprise Act for use on or after 20 June 2003

Main Changes (again): SLC test for mergers (ministerial intervention limited), criminal penalties for cartel, consumer law, esuper-complaintsf, market investigation reference to CC, codes of practice

*2003-06-13@DOJ

U.S. v. National Council on Problem Gambling:

Competitive Impact Statement / United States' Explanation of Consent Decree Procedures / Stipulation / Complaint

Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Settlement With National Council on Problem Gambling

*2003-06-13@FCC

Statement of FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell on the Introduction of the FCC Reauthorization Act of 2003 pdf

*2003-06-13@EU signs_s13.gif

Convention on the future of Europe: Draft Constitution - Commission statement

cf. the European Convention – final part of the draft Constitutional Treaty published for Thessaloniki European Council

*2003-06-13@EC

EU requests WTO dispute settlement consultations over US anti-dumping practices

*2003-06-13@EC

Commission approves take-over of Fortum shareholdings by E.ON

*2003-06-13@BBC, BskyB, ITC signs_s13.gifNewly added!

BBC and BSkyB announce agreement on digital satellite distribution

BBCfs press release / BskyBfs press release (other news - Five renews conditional access arrangements with Sky)

For reference: Astrafs footprints

ITC notices EPG settlement

five year agreement which includes the continued allocation to BBC ONE and BBC TWO of channel numbers 101 and 102 on BSkyB's EPG and BBC will withdraw its complaint, made in April 2003, to ITC

cf. 2003-05-16 ITC

*2003-06-12@FCC

FCC Releases Data on Local Telephone Competition pdf

*2003-06-12@EC Newly added!

Les entreprises publiques et les règles communautaires relatives à la concurrence (fr) pdf 

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

Commission d'enquête de l'Assemblée Nationale sur la gestion des entreprises publiques, Paris, France, 10.06.2003

He stresses the position of EC Competition Law on public companies: to ensure level-playing field against private companies and, for that purpose, to maintain transparent accounts by transparency directive

*2003-06-12@EC

A time for change ? - Maritime competition policy at the crossroads

Speech by Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner for Competition Policy

European Shipper's Council Antwerp, 12 June 2003

*2003-06-12@EC

Commission clears acquisition of part of BP's oil business in southern Germany by Austria's OMV

*2003-06-12@EC

VAT: public consultation on place of taxation of the supply of services – Internal Market

*2003-06-12@JFTC

‰º¿‘ã‹àŽx•¥’x‰„“™–hŽ~–@‚̈ꕔ‚ð‰ü³‚·‚é–@—¥‚̐¬—§‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-06-12@JFTC

“ƐèE‰Çè‹K§Œ©’¼‚µŒŸ“¢•”‰ï‚ÌŠJÃ‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-06-11@FTC

FTC Commissioners Testify on Agencyfs Reauthorization Request

propose to enhance FTCfs power to combat spam

*2003-06-11@EC

Commission approves EUR 15 million regional aid for Volkswagen in Navarra – State Aid

Commission must ensure that any aid is both necessary for the realisation of the project and proportional to the regional problems that it intends to solve

*2003-06-11@EC

Commission approves Austrian electricity merger subject to conditions and obligations

evaluate the progress of liberalisation (barriers to entry and so forth) and impose divestment to make an important counterweight to the merged company

*2003-06-11@EC

Company law: Commission welcomes Council adoption of a Directive simplifying and modernising the provision of company information

*2003-06-11@EC

Commission refers parts of milk merger to the UK authorities

cf. *2003-06-11@OFT  The EC has agreed to refer to the UK competition authorities part of the proposed acquisition of Express Dairies by Arla under Article 9 of the EC Merger Regulation

Subsidiarity - competence between European Commission and National Competition Authority

*2003-06-11@JFTC

‹£‘ˆ­ôŒ¤‹†ƒZƒ“ƒ^[‚Ì”­‘«‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-06-10@ITC

BBC requests consent for Open Golf Championships

*2003-06-10@OFT

The Director General of Telecommunications has published his decision that BT did not breach Chapter II of the Competition Act in respect of the provision of its 'TotalCare' service and related matters

BT was alleged to apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties and could be leveraging its potentially dominant position downstream by acting in an anti-competitive, discriminatory waycbut DGT concluded that BTIS had made a business decision to sell the product on better terms at its own risk

*2003-06-09@TiVo and Gemstar-TV Guide

TiVo Receives Patent License; TV Guide to Provide Content for TiVo Subscribers; Both Companies Dismiss Litigation

*2003-06-09@10 Downing Street

UK not ready to join Euro

*2003-06-09@ITC

Children's TV programming has tripled since 1997

*2003-06-06@EC

M.2876 - NEWSCORP / TELEPIU - Art. 8(2) with conditions & obligations - public text of decision available pdf

cf. *2003-04-02@EC

*2003-06-06@EC

Commission initiates detailed inquiry into Lagardère's acquisition of VUP

M.2978 - LAGARDERE / NATEXIS / VUP - Decision: Art. 6(1)(c) – published in 2003-06-05

At this preliminary stage the results of the Commission's inquiry show that there may be anticompetitive effects in three major clusters of markets all the way along the book chain: the purchase and sale of publishing rights, the distribution and sale of books by publishers to retailers

*2003-06-06@EC

Avancée historique dans les relations internationales du transport aérien - Résultats du Conseil «Transports» des 5-6 juin 2003 (fr)

Q&A on the "air transport agreements with third countries – published in 2003-06-05

*2003-06-06@ITC

ITC publishes Safety Net: Communications and Child pdf

*2003-06-06@OFT

How does the prohibition of abuse of dominance fit with the rest of competition policy?

A paper presented today by John Vickers, Chairman of the OFT, to the eighth annual EU competition law and policy workshop at the European University Institute, Florence

relationship between abuse of dominance and merger regulation[gap between edominancef in ECMR and Article 82] / government activities[state aid case], ŽQÆ‚·‚ׂ«˜_•¶‚Æ‚µ‚āAu‰¢B‹£‘ˆ–@‚É‚¨‚¯‚éwŽx”z“I’nˆÊx‚ɂ‚¢‚āviò…(2002)j

cf. European University Institute - The Annual EU Competition Law and Policy Workshops

*2003-06-06@“ú–{Œo’c˜A

“ú–{Œo’c˜Aƒuƒ[ƒhƒoƒ“ƒhƒRƒ“ƒeƒ“ƒc—¬’ÊŒ¤‹†‰ï’†ŠÔ‚Æ‚è‚Ü‚Æ‚ß

*2003-06-06@JFTC

V‚µ‚¢Žsê\‘¢Žw•W‚ð—p‚¢‚½ŒoÏ•ªÍ |¶ŽYEo‰×W’†“xƒf[ƒ^‚ð—˜—p‚µ‚ā| pdf

*2003-06-05@FCC

FCC Chairman Supports President's Spectrum Policy Initiative pdf

*2003-06-05@Oftel

Oftel proposes to carry forward conditional access regulation : EU Directive implementaion, for Communications Bill

Oftel has today set out proposals to continue with the current arrangements for the provision of conditional access services under the new EC regulatory regime

*2003-06-04@FCC

Testimony Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate on Broadcast Ownership Biennial Review

Powellfs oral statement / written statement

Abernathy written statement / Martin written statement

Powell and others explain the recent reform: mentioned ea powerful paradigm shiftf by Cable and the Internet, acknowledge significant competition, introduction of relevant geographic market in local radio ownership and so forth

cf. *2003-06-02 FCC

*2003-06-04@FCC

Revision of Parts 2 and 15 of the Commission's Rules to Permit Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band (ET Docket No. 03-122) pdf

*2003-06-04@DTI

Europe agrees to liberalise Energy Markets

cf. European Parliamentfs press release

*2003-06-04@JFTC

ƒuƒ‰ƒ“ƒh—Í‚Æ‹£‘ˆ­ô‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŽÀ‘Ô’²¸@pdf

*2003-06-03@EC

Draft tender invitation concerning the contract notice published on 30.05.2003, 2003/S 103-091487 ref France Telecom – State Aid pdf

tender for the assessment of the conformity with market economy investor principle (gMEIPh) [Commission has serious doubts as to whether the Statefs conduct is consistent with the MEIP given that the public intervention is not concomitant with the intervention of private investors]

*2003-06-02@FCC signs_s13.gif

FCC Sets Limits on Media Concentration: Unprecedented Public Record Results in Enforceable and Balanced Broadcast Ownership Rules

News Release / Attachment / Replay the audio/video broadcast of today's meeting (.ram)

Commissionersf statement

Powell / Abernathy / Copps (Copps Bench Remarks) (Copps News Release) / Martin / Adelstein

Media Bureau Announces Processing Guidelines Under New Order for Broadcast Station Applications

Public Notice

Local TV Multiple Ownership Limit: In markets with five or more, one company may own two, In markets with 18 or more, 3 and so forth; National TV Ownership Limit: one company can own TV stations reaching no more than a 45% share of US households; Cross-Media Limits: In markets with three or fewer, NO, In markets with between 4 and 8, limited combinations will be permitted (not exhaustive list!)

cf. FCC's Review of the Broadcast Ownership Rules

*2003-06-02@EC

Financial services: latest report highlights need to boost EU capital market integration in next nine months

*2003-06-02@ITC signs_s13.gif 

Code of Practice on Programme Commissioning

guidance to public service broadcasters (BBC, Channel 3, 4 and 5 and S4C) on the Codes of Practice for dealings with independent productions sector

main points are: a clear and transparent process for commissioning; definition of a minimum set of primary rights, the duration of such rights and how negotiations for primary rights will be conducted separately from secondary and tertiary rights negotiations; a list of indicative tariffs relating to the fees for primary rights by genre and daypart; proposals for development funding and cash flowing of productions; a dispute resolution and so forth (not exhaustive list!)

next step is: PSBs to submit draft Codes for approval to the ITC by the end of July 2003

cf.*2003-01-15 DCMS, ITC / *2002-11-25 ITC

 

May

 

*2003-05-30@DOT

DOT Announces Final Approval of American-British Airways Code-Sharing

*2003-05-30@ITC

ITC Launches "Safety Net" Media Literacy Workshops

*2003-05-30@JFTC

•½¬‚P‚S”N“x‚É‚¨‚¯‚é“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@‘æ‚SÍŠÖŒW“͏o“™‚Ì“®Œü‹y‚ÑŽå—v‚ÈŠé‹ÆŒ‹‡Ž–—á pdf

*2003-05-29@ITC

ITC imposes £40,000 financial penalty on You TV

cf. *2003-03-24 ITC

*2003-05-29@DTI

Conclusions Document Issued on Single GB Electricity Market

*2003-05-29@OFT

The OFT has published its advice on the proposed acquisition by Nestle S.A. of A.S. Watson (Europe) Manufacturing Ltd and A.S. Watson European Investments S.a.r.l.

*2003-05-29@OFT

The OFT has published its advice on the completed acquisition by Scottish Radio Holdings Plc and GWR Group Plc of Galaxy Radio Wales and the West Ltd.

CC found that the completed merger was likely to give rise to adverse effects in the market for the supply of local radio advertising in Bristol and Bath, and also Taunton and Yeovil. CC has also concluded that the ability to sell airtime for a number of local stations weakens the position of other local stations to compete.

*2003-05-28@OFT

The Director General of Telecommunications has published his non-infringement decision made under the Competition Act 1998 in respect of an investigation into whether BT had infringed the Chapter II prohibition

Alleged cross-subsidy of BT's discounts

*2003-05-28@“Œ‹ž‚Ù

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*2003-05-28@JFTC

•½¬‚P‚S”N“x‚É‚¨‚¯‚éŒi•i•\Ž¦–@‚̉^—pó‹µ‹y‚яÁ”ïŽÒŽæˆø‚Ì“K³‰»‚Ö‚ÌŽæ‘g pdf

*2003-05-27@US Supreme Court Newly added!

Petition Granted – United States Postal Service v Flamingo Industries Ltd., et al. [case no 02-1290]

Petition

cf. US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuitfs decision – ruled that postal service is a gpersonh and can be sued under federal antitrust laws

DOJ challenges the Appeals Court decision – its decision threatens to impose unwarranted cost and liabilities on the postal service

*2003-05-27@EC

Comments received in relation to the "Draft Best Practices on Conduct of EC Merger Control Proceedings"

Important information concerning notifications and all other merger control related correspondence

cf. 2002-12-19 EC

*2003-05-27@EC

Commission approves additional compensation measures for UK Post Office Limited – State Aid

(eaccording to the most recent Court jurisprudence, the measures do not constitute State aid. Even if they were deemed to be State aids, they would be compatible with the common market as no overcompensation is involved. The Commission has accordingly decided not to raise any objections to the measuresf)

*2003-05-27@EC

Commission expresses doubts about aid granted to Greek airlines following 11 September – State Aid

*2003-05-27@EC

Commission authorises acquisition of Royal Mail's IT division by Computer Sciences Corporation

*2003-05-27@Oftel

End-to-end connectivity, Guidance issued by the Director General of Telecommunications – 27 May 2003: EU Directive implementaion

*2003-05-27@JFTC

uŠÂ‹«“™‚ÉŠÖ‚µ‚ж‚¸‚éŽsê‚ÌŠO•”«‚Ì–â‘è‚Æ‹£‘ˆ­ô\—˜_“IEŽÀØ“IŒ¤‹†‚̘g‘g‚Ý‚ÌŒŸ“¢\v‚ɂ‚¢‚āi•½¬‚P‚S”N“xˆÏ‘õ’²¸•ñ‘j pdf

*2003-05-26@European Convention

Draft Constitution, Volume I - Revised text of Part One pdf

cf.*2003-02-06

*2003-05-26@EC

Contribution of competition policy to competitiveness of European business

Speech by Mario Monti European Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy

Institutre of European Affairs Dublin, 26 May 2003

*2003-05-23@FCC

FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting Monday, June 2, 2003 pdf

2002 Biennial Regulatory Review – Review of the Commissionfs Broadcast Ownership Rules and Cross-Ownership of Broadcast Stations and News Papers and so forth

*2003-05-23@EC

Commission extends its investigation into the SEB/Moulinex case

cf.*2003-04-03@CFI

*2003-05-23@EC

Public hearings - Review of the Television without Frontiers Directive / 23.06.2003 till 25.06.2003 June 2003

*2003-05-23@EC  

Electronic Communications: European Regulators' Group and European Commission agree to launch public consultation on remedies for market failure@

cf.*2003-03-31@EC

*2003-05-23@Oftel

Guidelines for the interconnection of public electronic communications networks – 23 May 2003: EU Directive implementaion

guidance on certain issues arising from the implementation of the Access Directive (Directive 2002/19/EC)

*2003-05-23@DTI

Wilson Extends Deadline for Centrica/Dynegy Merger Report

The new deadline is 9 July 2003

cf.*2003-05-08

*2003-05-23@OFT

The Director General of Telecommunications has published his non-infringement decision made under the Competition Act 1998 in respect of an investigation examining whether BT has infringed the Chapter II prohibition in relation to the pricing of its UK-SPN service

*2003-05-22@EC

Applying EU Competition Law to the newly liberalised energy markets pdf

Speech by Philip LOWE, Mentor Group

Forum for EU-US Legal-Economic Affairs, Hotel Europa Crowne Plaza, Brussels, Belgium, 13.05.2003

*2003-05-22@ECJ 

Opinion of Advocate General Francis Jacobs in Joined Cases C-264/01, C-306/01, C-354/01 and C-355/01 AOK-Bundesverband and others

It is for the national courts to determine whether the sickness funds have exercised any margin of discretion left open to them by national law in an anti-competitive manner and whether the setting of fixed amounts is a manifestly disproportionate method for ensuring the provision of a service of general economic interest

*2003-05-22@Oftel

Financial reporting obligations in SMP markets, a consultation on accounting separation and cost accounting, 22 May 2003

*2003-05-21@JFTC

•½¬‚P‚S”N“x‚É‚¨‚¯‚é“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@ˆá”½Ž–Œ‚̏ˆ—ó‹µ‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-05-21@FCC

FCC's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and Office of Engineering and Technology Release Comprehensive White Paper on Unlicensed Spectrum

News Release / White Paper

*2003-05-21@FTC

FTC Staff Sends North Carolina Comments On Bill Regarding Below-cost Sale of Motor Fuels - Proposed Legislation Called Unnecessary, With the Potential to Harm State's Consumers

*2003-05-21@EC signs_s13.gif

European Commission launches a broad debate on the future of services of general interest – comments invited by September 15th

EC raises the question whether there is a need for creating a general legal framework for services of general interest at Community level

cf. Services of General Interest home page

*2003-05-21@EC

Commission fines Deutsche Telekom for charging anti-competitive tariffs for access to its local networks

*2003-05-21@EC

Results of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 19th May 2003

includes etakeover bidsf - It would in particular offer European firms greater legal certainty for cross-border takeover bids and protect the interests of minority shareholders where control of a company changes handscbut unable to reach agreement

*2003-05-21@EC

Company law and corporate governance: Commission presents Action Plan

Commission Action Plan on "Modernising Company Law and Enhancing Corporate Governance in the European Union"

*2003-05-21@CC New! 

Competition Commission invites Evidence on the Proposed Acquisition of Newspaper Titles by Newsquest

cf. 2003-05-20 DTI

*2003-05-21@OFT

OFT mergers guidance published – Enterprise Act 2002

The merger provisions of the Enterprise Act come into force on 20 June - the OFT rather than the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will decide directly which mergers are referred to the Competition Commission (CC) in the vast majority of cases, and CC conclusions will be determinative in assessing mergers both the OFT and CC will apply a 'substantial lessening of competition test' (replacing the current 'public interest' test)

*2003-05-20@METI

’m“IàŽYŒ ‚̐M‘õ‹Æ–±‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚é‘æ“ñŽŸ‹Ù‹}’ñŒ¾‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-05-21@FCC Newly added!

"Big Macs and Big Media: The Decision to Supersize" - Commissioner Adelstein's Remarks before The Media Institute

*2003-05-20@DTI 

Newsquest referred to the Competition Commission

*2003-05-19@FCC

Chairman Powell Announces Intention to Form a Federal Advisory Committee to Assist the FCC in Addressing Diversity Issues pdf

*2003-05-19@EC

Commission approves TeliaSonera's proposed buyers for Com hem and Telia Mobile Finland

*2003-05-19@EC

Commission extends probe into DSM's acquisition of the vitamins and fine chemicals division of Roche

*2003-05-19@CC

Inquiry into the Proposed Merger of Granada plc & Carlton Communications plc- Statement of Hypothetical Remedies

CC also invite views on two additional possible remedies

cf. *2003-04-29, *2003-03-27@OFT, *2003-03-11@DTI, CC

*2003-05-19@OFT, Oftel

OFT: The Director General of Telecommunications has published his non-infringement decision made under the Competition Act 1998 in respect of an investigation into the joint British Telecommunications plc and British Sky Broadcasting Limited promotion of broadband

Oftel: Competition Bulletin: Closed Cases: CW/00573/11/02

NTLfs complain on BT/BSkyB for their market positions and gtriple playh was rejected

*2003-05-16@FCC

General Motors Corporation, Hughes Electronics Corporation, and The News Corporation Limited Seek Approval to Transfer Control of FCC Authorizations and Licenses Held by Hughes Electronics Corporation to The News Corporation Limited pdf

seeking the comments from interested parties - Hughes/Newscorp claim that approval of the proposal will create direct and tangible public interest benefits without any harm in any relevant market

*2003-05-16@EC

Communications to Member States and public notices on procedural issues pdf

Complaints - Form for the submission of complaints concerning alleged unlawful State Aid

Introduction / Form for the submission of complaints concerning alleged unlawful State aid

Official Journal C 116, 16.05.2003, pages 3-6

*2003-05-16@EC

Special tax regime for international headquarters and logistic centres in France breaches State aid rules – State Aid

*2003-05-16@EC

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 19th May 2003

The Council will attempt to reach agreement on a "general approach" covering the broad lines of the Takeover bids proposal (see IP/02/1402 and MEMO/02/201), which was presented in October 2002

*2003-05-16@EC

Data protection: Commission report shows that EU law is achieving its main aims

*2003-05-16@Oftel

Suspected price discrimination and/or margin squeeze by Vodafone, 02, Orange & T-Mobile

*2003-05-16@ITC

BBC and Sky agree to "status quo" pending enquiry

BBCfs complaint against BSkyB on EPG listing and conditional access service

cf. 2003-04-07 ITC received the BBCfs complaint in relation to its future listing on BSkyBfs EPG / 2003-04-10 ITC decided its further investigation

*2003-05-15@FCC

FCC Seeks Comment on Long Distance Industry Regulations pdf

Copps and Adelstein Joint eCautionf pdf

The Notice seeks comment on the extent to which carriers can leverage their market power from the local exchange and exchange access markets into the inter-exchange market in the recent market trends marked by dynamic, competitive activity: in detail, seeks comment on dominant carrier regulation of BOCfs in-region long distance service, independent LECsf position and alternative regulatory approaches on anti-competitive behavior besides dominant carrier regulation

*2003-05-15@FCC  

FCC Adopts Spectrum Leasing Rules and Streamlined Processing for License Transfer and Assignment Applications, and Proposes Further Steps to Increase Access to Spectrum Through Secondary Markets pdf

steps to allow and encourage licensees to freely lease their unused or unneeded spectrum capacity, which will increase the amount of spectrum available to prospective users and new wireless technologies

*2003-05-15@FCC  

FCC Chairman Responds to Request for Delay on Media Ownership Proceeding pdf

against Commissioners Copps and Adelsteinfs request: *2003-05-13 FCC

cf. FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps Reacts to Refusal to Allow Public Airing of Pending Media Concentration Rules

*2003-05-15@EC 

JV.48 - VODAFONE / VIVENDI / CANAL PLUS - Art. 6(2) (conditions&obligations) - public text of decision available pdf

cf. *2000-07-20 Commission clears Vizzavi Internet portal venture between Vodafone, Vivendi and Canal+ subject to conditions (IP/00/821)

*2003-05-15@OFT 

The OFT has requested the European Commission to refer parts of the proposed acquisition by Arla Foods UK Holding Ltd of Express Dairies to the UK competition authorities under Article 9 of the EC Merger Regulation

*2003-05-15@OFT 

How will the Enterprise Act 2002 change the Competition Act 1998 regime? – New Business Leaflet

cf. 2003-05-09

*2003-05-15@ITC

Television Audience Share Figures

*2003-05-14@Oftel 

Building competition and choice - a review of Oftel's work - 14 May 2003

*2003-05-14@‘–±È|“d”gŠÄ—R‹c‰ï

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*2003-05-14@‘–±È

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*2003-05-14@JFTC 

æ‡ƒoƒXŽ–‹ÆŽÒ‚ɑ΂·‚é“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@ˆá”½”í‹^Ž–Œ‚̏ˆ—‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-05-14@JFTC 

•½¬‚P‚S”N“x‚É‚¨‚¯‚鉺¿‘ã‹àŽx•¥’x‰„“™–hŽ~–@‚̉^—pó‹µ pdf

*2003-05-13@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Clears Way For Formation of Computer Information System For Use by Chemical Distributors

 BroChem agreed to make substantial modifications to address the Department's competitive concerns: to ensure that price-sensitive information is not accessible to competitors or others who should not have access to it, and so on

*2003-05-13@FCC

Statement of Commssioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy Opposing Delay of the Broadcast Ownership Biennial Review (.doc-file)

Against Commissioners Copps and Adelstein requested a delay of the June 2nd meeting on broadcast ownership

*2003-05-13@FCC

FCC Commissioners Adelstein and Copps Call for Public Airing of Media Concentration Proposals (.doc-file)

*2003-05-13@ECJ

Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-463/00 and C-98/01 Commission v Spain and Commission v United Kingdom – eGolden Sharesf

The Court finds against the Spanish and United Kingdom rules regulating special shares ("golden shares"), and the Court showed the conditions to be justified by overriding requirements of the general interest in accordance with the principle of proportionality

*2003-05-13@EC

Commission raises no objections to Irish State aid compensation payments to airlines

*2003-05-13@EC

Free movement of services: the Commission calls on Italy to implement a judgment of the Court of Justice on trade fairs

*2003-05-13@Oftel

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) by service providers about the new regulatory framework – Version 2 – 13 May 2003 

Can non-SMP providers be obliged to provide access? And so forth

*2003-05-12@FCC 

May 12 Exhibit to Highlight Innovative Wireless Technologies

*2003-05-12@EC

Competitiveness Council - Brussels, 13 May 2003

2505th Council meeting COMPETITIVENESS (Internal Market, Industry and Research) - Brussels, 13 May 2003 : PROVISIONAL VERSION Newly added!

Review of the Merger Regulation: Ministers will have a first discussion on the Commission's proposal for a new Merger Regulation

*2003-05-09@OFT

Practical information - A leaflet outlining everything you need to know about the Enterprise Act

*2003-05-09@US District Court, Central District of California soon!

Her reclaim for all copyrights was denied

Poohfs copyright casecrelated to Disney

*2003-05-08@EC

Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder emphasise importance of Broadband for Europe

*2003-05-08@EC

Commission closes its probe of Audiovisual Sport after Sogecable/Vía Digital merger

COMP/37.809 - RVM/Telefónica+Sogecable+5

COMP/37.652 - Telefonica+Sogecable+5

ensure third partiesf access to football rights to be maintained

*2003-05-08@EC

Commission adopts a new definition of micro, small and medium sized enterprises in Europe

*2003-05-08@EC

"Sport and regional development »" Inauguration of the Conference « sport and regional development »

Viviane Reding Commissioner responsible for Education and Culture

Athens, 8 May 2003

*2003-05-08@CC

Centrica/Dynegy Merger Inquiry: Remedies Statement

cf. *2003-02-25@DTI

*2003-05-07@FCC

Qwest Admits Violations of Long Distance Ban - Company to Make $6.5 Million Payment to United States Treasury

News Release / Order

*2003-05-07@EC

Internal Market: Commission presents ten-point plan for making Europe better off

Frequently Asked Questions

Report pdf

Commission says it will propose a Directive on services in the Internal Market before the end of 2003, based on mutual recognition, administrative co-operation, harmonisation (where necessary) and encouraging European codes of conduct in service industries, will also submit a Communication on the Management of Copyright and Related Rights which will identify the measures necessary to create a more favourable environment for the cross-border marketing and licensing of these rights

*2003-05-07@EC

The New Approach: rules for safer, cheaper and more competitive products

*2003-05-07@EC

Commission considers that an excessive government deficit exists in France

*2003-05-07@EC

Commission proposes Regulation to simplify use of State aid for SME research and development – State Aid

*2003-05-06@EC

Financial reporting: Commission welcomes adoption of Directive to modernise and update accounting rules

*2003-05-06@EC

VAT: Commission proposes application of VAT to postal services

frequently asked questions

*2003-05-06@EC

Clarifying the SME case – Romano Prodi

*2003-05-06@EC

Statement on Deutsche Telekom - the Advisory Committee [See: Article 10 of Regulation No 17 and Article 19 of the Merger Regulation]

- A committee comprising representatives of the Member States competition authorities

(in Midday Express)

*2003-05-05@EC 

First report by a group of independent experts on the protection of fundamental rights in the Union

*2003-05-02@FTC 

FTC General Counsel Speaks on "The Modern Evolution of U.S. Competition Policy Enforcement Norms"

Keynote Remarks Presented at Antitrust Practice Group Retreat in Chantilly, Virginia

*2003-05-02@EC 

Commission publishes best practice guidelines for divestiture commitments in merger cases

Mergers: Best Practice Guidelines for Divestiture Commitments

Commission has decided to develop a Standard Model for Divestiture Commitments and a Standard Model for Trustee Mandates under the Merger Regulation

*2003-05-02@EC

Commission examines proposals for institutional reform ahead of next Convention meeting

*2003-05-01@OFT

The OFT has published guidance on how it will exercise its new powers to seek court orders disqualifying directors of companies who have breached competition law from involvement in management of companies – Enterprise Act 2002, CDDA (the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986)

 

April

 

*2003-04-30@EC

Commission reorganises its Competition Department in advance of Enlargement

The new organisation of DG Competition is based on a sector-specific organisation of merger control. Merger control units will be integrated into four sector-specific antitrust Directorates. A smaller Merger Task Force will remain to ensure effective co-ordination of merger control across the DG. The sector-specific responsibilities of anti-trust and state aid units have also been revised with a view to balancing their workload. Finally, a new unit has been created devoted to the enforcement of the Commission's state aids decisions.

*2003-04-30@EC

Conditional clearance for Toll Collect joint venture between Daimler Chrysler and Deutsche Telekom

*2003-04-30@EC

EU Scoreboard on State aid - twelve out of fifteen Member States fulfil Stockholm pledge to reduce aid – State Aid

*2003-04-30@EC

Commission approves 3rd Generation mobile network sharing in the United Kingdom

COMP/38.370 - Network sharing UK (BT Cellnet + BT 3G + ONE2ONE Personal Communications)

*2003-04-30@DCMS  Newly added!

Speech by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to Westminster Media Forum - 30 April 2003

her opinion on and overview of the Communications Bill at this moment and the review of BBCfs charter

*2003-04-30@DTI

DTI consultation paper on strengthening the transparency and accountability of the gas and electricity industry code modification process pdf

Regulatory Impact Assessment for the DTI consultation paper on strengthening the transparency and accountability of the gas and electricity industry code modification process pdf

*2003-04-30@CC

Inquiry into the proposed merger of inquiry into the proposed merger of Granada Plc & Carlton Communications Plc:

Statement of Issues and Hypothetical Remedies

cf. *2003-03-27@OFT, *2003-03-11@DTI, CC

*2003-04-29@EC

World Trade Organisation: Doha Development Agenda - WTO Negotiations on Trade in Services

Audiovisual and cultural services: no commitment has been made in this sector, and the exceptions to the MFN clause dictated by the EU during the Uruguay Round in the sphere of cultural policy, such as co-production agreements and the preferential treatment accorded to audiovisual productions originating in the EU and other European countries, are maintained

*2003-04-29@EC

Electronic piracy must be stamped out to protect Europe's competitiveness, says Commission report

The report concludes that everything needs to be done to stop and prevent piracy of electronic pay services, starting by fully implementing and enforcing existing EU law: assessing the implementation of the 1998 Directive on legal protection for electronic pay services

*2003-04-29@DCMS Notice  Newly added!

The Communications Bill is due to be considered in Lords Committee from 29 April – Communications Bill

*2003-04-28@FCC

Remarks of Chairman Powell at The Associated Press Annual Meeting And General Session of the Newspaper Association of America Annual Convention pdf

*2003-04-28@FCC

Commissioner Copps Addresses University of Southern California Media Ownership Forum pdf

*2003-04-28@EC

Commission clears the acquisition of the German oil and gas activities of Preussag Energie by Gaz de France

*2003-04-28@EC

Internal market: Commission protects the free movement of goods and services in France, Italy and the Netherlands

*2003-04-28@Oftel

Oftel publishes broadband market review

*2003-04-28@DTI

Johnson accepts undertakings for proposed acquisition by Vivendi Water UK of an interest in First Aqua (JVCO) Limited

cf. *2003-04-17

*2003-04-25@US District Court, Central District of California

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., et al. v. Grokster, Ltd, et al.

Order Granting Defendants Grokster, Ltd.'s and Streamcast Networks, Inc.'s Motions for Summary Judgment and Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment with Respect to Defendants Grokster, Ltd. and Streamcast Networks, Inc.

judgment on P2P in line with video recorder

*2003-04-25@EC

Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION repealing Regulation (EEC) No 3975/87 and amending Regulation (EEC) No 3976/87 and Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, in connection with air transport between the Community and third countries

*2003-04-25@EC

European Commission proposes to relax the application of the slot allocation rules because of the war in Iraq and the outbreak of SARS

*2003-04-25@OFT and DTI

The OFT has published an economic discussion paper on the implications of consumer switching costs for the way in which markets work

Main report / Annex A, B, C

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*2003-04-24@VPRT Newly added!

Beschwerde bei der Europäischen Kommission wegen Online- und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten von ARD und ZDF eingereicht

Transparenz bei Gebührenverwendung eingefordert – Steuerbegünstigung steht auf dem Prüfstand

*2003-04-24@BkartA

Bundeskartellamt gibt Erwerb von ProSiebenSat.1 und Kirch-Filmrechte durch Saban-Gruppe ohne Auflagen frei

> BkartA gave green light for Saban Group to acquire ProSiebenSat.1 of Kirch Group

*2003-04-24@EC

Application of competition rules to the gas sector

Commission and Danish competition authorities jointly open up Danish gas market

*2003-04-23@“Œ‹ž’nÙ

•½¬13(ƒ)13484 ’˜ìŒ  –¯Ž–‘i×Ž–Œ

’˜ìŒ Šm”F¿‹Ž–Œ

*2003-04-23@FCC  

New Satellite Licensing Process Facilitates Faster Deployment of Consumer Services pdf

Powell Statement

*2003-04-23@FCC  

FCC Begins Inquiry Regarding Broadband Over Power Line pdf

Powell Statement

*2003-04-23@FCC  

FCC Finds That Verizon Violated Interconnection Requirements pdf

Order

*2003-04-23@EC  

Outlook of European Commission's competition policy and enforcement priorities in air transport pdf

Speech by Joos STRAGIER, EALA Conference (European Air Law Association), Stockholm, Sweden, 22.11.2002

*2003-04-23@EC  

Reaction of the European Commission to the proposals for institutional reform (Convention)

*2003-04-23@EC  

Commission refers to Court of Justice Greece's non-compliance with decision concerning Olympic Airways

*2003-04-23@EC

Commission intends to exempt REIMS II from the antitrust rules but requires third party access

*2003-04-22@DTI 

New Rules to Promote Competition and Dynamic Markets – Enterprise Act 2002

*2003-04-22@JFTC 

ƒRƒiƒ~Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚ɑ΂·‚éŒx“™‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

cf. 4ŒŽ23“úŽ––±‘’·‰ïŒ©‹L˜^ pdf

cf. 2003-04-22 “ú–{–ì‹…‹@\‚Ƃ́u“Ɛè“I¤•i‰»‹–‘øŒ_–ñv‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŒö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ï‚©‚ç‚ÌŒx‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä [Konami] Newly added!

cf. 2003-04-25 ƒOƒ[ƒoƒ‹EƒrƒWƒlƒX‚É‚¨‚¯‚é“Ɛè“I¤•i‰»‹–‘øŒ_–ñ‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä [Konami] Newly added!

 

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*2003-04-21@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Issues Microsoft Consent Decree Compliance Advisory

Microsoft Agrees to Revise Licensing Terms, Eliminate Non-Disclosure Agreements

*2003-04-18@FTC 

Federal Trade Commission Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2002 pdf

*2003-04-17@DOJ

Press Release: Department of Justice Files Suit to Stop SGL Carbon From Acquiring Carbide/Graphite Group's Graphite Electrode Assets - Deal Would Result in Higher Prices for Large Graphite Electrodes

*2003-04-17@METI

•½¬‚P‚S”NŠé‹ÆŠˆ“®Šî–{’²¸‘¬•ñ

*2003-04-17@‘–±È

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*2003-04-17@JFTC

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*2003-04-17@OFT

The OFT has published its advice on the proposed acquisition by Vivendi Water UK PLC of an interest in First Aqua (JVCo) Limited

*2003-04-16@FCC

Chairman Powell's Letter Responding to Members of Congress Regarding Upcoming Biennial Review of Media Ownership

Informal European Council - Signing of the Accession Treaty Signing of the Accession Treaty – Informal European Council

*2003-04-16@EC

Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Signing the Treaty of Accession Ceremony of the Signing of the Treaty of Accession Athens, 16 April 2003

*2003-04-16@EC

The Commission proposes extending the Culture 2000 and MEDIA programmes up to 2006

*2003-04-16@EC

Commission underlines EU objectives for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2003

*2003-04-16@EC

COMP/36.246 - Marathon/Ruhrgas/GDF et alia

Commission's competition services settle Marathon case with Gasunie

Application of competition rules to the gas sector

*2003-04-16@Oftel

Director General welcomes Competition Appeal Tribunal's support for Oftel

*2003-04-16@OFT

Mail consolidation complaint referred to Postcomm

*2003-04-15@EC

Competition enforcement reforms in the EU : some comments by the Reformer

Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy

Georgetown University Washington, 4 april 2003

explanation of three EC competition policy pillars – merger control, anti-trust, state aids

*2003-04-15@EC

Competition Policy in the Financial Services Sector pdf

Speech by Magdalena BRENNING, Law Society, European Group, Brussels, Belgium, 10.04.2003

*2003-04-15@EC

Competition and Intellectual Property Policy Implications of late or no IPR Disclosure in Collective Standard-Setting pdf

Speech by Magdalena BRENNING, American Bar Association's International Roundtable on International Standards, Brussels, Belgium, 17.06.2002

*2003-04-15@EC

European Commission opens up Interbrew's Belgian horeca outlets to competing beer brands

*2003-04-14@FTC

Pfizer, Pharmacia Will Divest Assets to Settle FTC Charges

*2003-04-14@EC 

Vertical and horizontal integration in the media sector and EU competition law

Speech by Miguel MENDES PEREIRA, The ICT and Media Sectors within the EU Policy Framework, U.L.B.-SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunications), CEAS-Norwegian School of Management, Oslo Telenor Broadcast, Brussels, Belgium, 07.04.2003

including egate-keeperf issue, foreclosure of input markets, leveraging, network effectsccase laws – Newscorp/Telepiu, EMI/Time Warner etc.

*2003-04-14@EC 

Commission approves acquisition of Jenbacher by General Electric

*2003-04-14@EC

Invitation to comment: Questionnaire on Airline alliances and merger competition assessment issues

*2003-04-14@EC

M.2978 - LAGARDERE / NATEXIS / VUP – Notified [Provisional deadline: 05.06.2003]

*2003-04-14@ITC 

Viewers more willing to "Go Digital"

industryfs project for persuading people into digital-transition

*2003-04-11@FTC

Publication of information gathered at FTC mergers roundtable

On December 9-10, 2002, the FTC's Bureau of Economics held a roundtable entitled "Understanding Mergers: Strategy & Planning, Implementation and Outcomes."

*2003-04-11@Ofcom

Ofcom Board – Memberfs Code of Conduct

*2003-04-11@OFT

The OFT has published draft guidance for consultation explaining how and when it will exercise its powers under the Enterprise Act to disclose information to overseas public authorities – Enterprise Act 2002

*2003-04-10@EC

Commission wins Scott Paper State aid case – State Aid

*2003-04-10@EC

European Competition Policy : Quo Vadis ?

Speech by Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner in charge of Competition Policy

XX. International Forum on European Competition Policy Brussels, 10 April 2003

*2003-04-09@EC

Commission calls for equal treatment for cable networks in the provision of telecommunications services in France

”ñ‘Ώ̋K§ cf. FCC method *2002-03-14

*2003-04-09@OFT

The OFT has published draft guidance for consultation explaining how it will exercise new powers for investigating the criminal cartel offence – Enterprise Act 2002

*2003-04-09@JFTC

uŠé‹ÆEŽY‹ÆÄ¶‚ÉŒW‚鎖ˆÄ‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŠé‹ÆŒ‹‡R¸‚ɂ‚¢‚āv‚ÌŒö•\‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-04-08@EC

France must comply fully with the Court judgment on financing of universal service in telecommunications

*2003-04-08@ITC

ITC publishes Annual Report & Accounts for 2002

*2003-04-07@FTC

FTC Releases Review of Its 2002 Activities

*2003-04-07@IST(EC)

New life for film archives becomes more affordable

*2003-04-04@FCC signs_s13.gifNewly added!

Public Notice, AOL Time Warner Inc. Submits Petition for Relief from Instant Messaging Interoperability Requirements, DA No. 03-1092, Dkt No 00-30 pdf

AOL Time Warner Inc. Instant Messaging Interoperability

cf. a Memorandum Opinion and Order released January 22, 2001, the Commission approved the merger of America Online, Inc. and Time Warner, Inc., subject to certain conditions

*2003-04-04@EC

Commission opens probe into General Electric's purchase of Finnish medical equipment maker Instrumentarium

M.3083 - GE / INSTRUMENTARIUM - Decision: Art. 6(1)(c)

*2003-04-04@ITC

Progress towards switchover targets – Digital Terrestrial TV in UK

*2003-04-03@CFI

Judgments of the Court of First Instance in cases T-114/02 and T-119/02 BaByliss and others / Commission – Competition

The Commission welcomes the CFI rulings in the SEB/Moulinex and TotalFinaElf cases Newly added!

La Commission se félicite des arrêts du TPI dans les affaires SEB/Moulinex et TotalFinaElf (fr)

CFI pointed out that the Commissionfs omission on ftaking account of the entirety of the marketsf – eportfolio effect theoryf

*2003-04-03@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-144/00 Hoffmann - Taxation

the principle of fiscal neutrality requires that individual performers, as long as their services are recognised as cultural, may be regarded, like cultural groups, as bodies similar to public-law bodies, which are in general exempt from VAT

*2003-04-03@OFT

OFT consults on its Annual Plan

*2003-04-02@FCC

Statement of Commissioner Abernathy on Preserving and Advancing Universal Service pdf

Before the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Communications

*2003-04-02@FTC

FTC Competition Director Announces Guidelines for Negotiating Merger Remedies

*2003-04-02@EC

Commission clears merger between Stream and Telepiù subject to conditions

ensure the market competitive: access to content, access to platform, divestitures@iWorking Paper[DARFT]‚ ‚èj

cf. *2002-12-02, 2002-10-16 EC M.2876 - NEWSCORP / TELEPIU - Decision: Art. 6(1)(c)

*2003-04-02@EC

Workshop on Digital Rights Management: Results

Related Documents

cf. *2003-03-31@EC Liikanenfs speech

*2003-04-02@EC

Current and future competition policy issues in the maritime sector pdf

Speech by Fabrizia BENINI, Seminar on EU competition Law and Maritime Transport, London, England, 01.04.2003

*2003-04-02@Oftel

The Granting of the Electronic Communications Code by Oftel

*2003-04-02@JFTC

Œö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ï‚ð“àŠt•{‚ÌŠO‹Ç‚Ɉڍs‚³‚¹‚邽‚ß‚ÌŠÖŒW–@—¥‚̐®”õ‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚é–@—¥‚̐¬—§‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-04-01@FTC

FTC staff comments to the Public Utilities Commission of California

*2003-04-01@DTI

Consultation on Modernisation of EU Competition Law

*2003-04-01@DTI

A limited number of provisions of the Enterprise Act will come into force – Enterprise Act 2002

cf. Enterprise Act 2002 website

 

March

 

*2003-03-31@EC

Commission clears Mediaset control of Spain's Telecinco and Publiespaña – in Midday Express 31/03/2003

M.3100 - MEDIASET / TELECINCO / PUBLIESPAÑA - Decision: Art. 6(1)(b)

*2003-03-31@EC   

European Regulators' Group agrees steps towards implementation of the New Electronic Communications Package

*2003-03-31@EC  

"Moving towards Consensus on Digital Rights Management"

Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

Workshop on Digital Rights Management Brussels, 25 March 2003

*2003-03-31@ITC  

ITC reminds broadcaster: No sponsorship of current affairs programmes

CNBC Europe case

*2003-03-31@OFT  

The OFT becomes a corporate body tomorrow and the role of Director General of Fair Trading disappears – Enterprise Act 2002

The Board will take over the strategic direction of the OFT

*2003-03-31@JFTC  

uƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹ƒRƒ“ƒeƒ“ƒc‚Æ‹£‘ˆ­ô‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚錤‹†‰ïv•ñ‘‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

–𖱃KƒCƒhƒ‰ƒCƒ“A‰ü’è‚Ö

*2003-03-28@EC

"Accessibility for All in EU perspective"

Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

Accessibility for All Conference Nice, 28 March 2003

Commission welcomes pan-European co-operation guidelines for standardisation work

*2003-03-28@EC 

Agreement on terms for the phasing out of the guarantee by CDC to its subsidiary CDC IXIS – State Aid

*2003-03-28@Ofcom 

Presntation - David Currie & Stephen Carter at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Introduction for Ofcom

*2003-03-28@DTI 

Johnson clears acquisition of SMG Newspapers

cf. *2002-12-18 CC, 2002-12-10 DTI

*2003-03-28@‘–±ÈƒTƒCƒg

Ú‘±—¿‹K‘¥‚̈ꕔ‰ü³

*2003-03-28@JFTC

‹K§‰üŠv‚̐„i‚Æ‹£‘ˆ­ô‚ÌŽæ‘g‚ɂ‚¢‚ā|‹K§‰üŠv„i‚R‚©”NŒv‰æ‚̍ĉü’è‚ɍۂµ‚ā|

*2003-03-27@FCC

Chairman Powell's Remarks at the Media Institute pdf

*2003-03-27@OFT

The OFT has published its advice on the proposed merger of Carlton Communications Plc and Granada Plc

DGFTfs advice to refer the case to CC: competition concerns principally in relation to the sales of TV advertising (Communications Bill‚É‚æ‚éBroadcasting ACT 1990: ITV ownership‰ü³‚àˆÓŽ¯)  cf. *2003-03-11@DTI, CC

*2003-03 EC  Newly added!

Study on the assessment of the Member States measures aimed at fulfilling certain general interest objectives linked to broadcasting, imposed on providers of electronic communications networks and services, in the context of the new regulatory framework

Executive Summary pdf / Final Report pdf / Country Profiles pdf --- prepared by Eurostrategies

must-carry obligations, spectrum policy, conditional access under the new regulation

*2003-03-26@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Requires Univision to Make Divestitures to Complete Acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation

Department Preserves Competition in Spanish-Language Radio Market

*2003-03-26@EC

Securities markets: Commission proposes Directive to increase investor protection and transparency

Proposal for a Directive on transparency requirements for listed companies frequently asked questions

the Directive on Market Abuse (Directive 2003/6/EC) and so forth

*2003-03-24@ITC

ITC imposes £20K financial penalty on You TV

blurring the boundaries between programmes and advertising

*2003-03-24@DTI

Johnson accepts advice on Vivendi/First Aqua merger

recommendations made by the DGFT and the DGWS – She accepted the remedy plan

*2003-03-21@EC

Iraq: Commission provides details of immediate humanitarian relief through the Red Cross (EUR 3 million) – Iraq and EU

*2003-03-21@EC

Economic impact of regulation in the field of liberal professions in different Member States

Monti's speech: Competition in Professional Services: New Light and New Challenges pdf

*2003-03-21@ITC  

Communications Bill Update

views on the Commonsf discussion from the perspectives of ITC

*2003-03-20@EC

Conflict in Iraq: Commission sets aside EUR 21 million of humanitarian funding for possible victims – Iraq and EU

*2003-03-20@EC

European Commission adopts Recommendation to promote public wireless broadband services in Europe

*2003-03-20@DCMS

BTDA UK Television Export Statistics 2002 pdf

*2003-03-19@FCC

Statement by Commissioner Kevin Martin Regarding Verizon's Broadband Announcement pdf

cf. *2002-02-20

*2003-03-19@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission asks Germany to justify its Volkswagen law

Commission issued a formal request

*2003-03-19@EC

Commission partially approves a proposed UK aid scheme that promotes waste recycling – state aid

*2003-03-19@EC

Commission accepts French scheme for compensation for airlines following 11 September – state aid

*2003-03-19@EC

Commission authorises aid for the restructuring of the German airline LTU

*2003-03-19@OFT

Acquisition by Satellite Information Services Limited of Racing Data Plc

DGFT judges it is unlikely to result in a substantial lessening of competition

*2003-03-17@EC Newly added!

Study on the economic and financial aspects of the film industry

cf. *2003-03-21

European cinema industry in 2001 Irish go to the cinema three times as often as Greeks and Finns Cinema-going in the EU up by 10% in 2001

*2003-03-17@Oftel

New regulatory regime puts competition at centre of communications sector

*2003-03-17@OFT

BBC falls short of independent productions quota

Independent productions transmitted by the BBC pdf

*2003-03-14@FCC

FCC Issues Biennial Regulatory Review Report for the Year 2002

Report / News Release

*2003-03-14@EC  

"eEurope and the electronic communications sector "

Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

British Chamber of Commerce EU Committee Brussels, 13 March 2003

*2003-03-14@DTI (RA)

Spectrum Pricing Consultation announced

*2003-03-13@Oftel

David Edmonds sets out importance of regulation to protect consumers - Speech

*2003-03-13@ITC

BBC ask ITC consent for Rugby cup final broadcast

*2003-03-12@EC

WTO Trade in services: Pascal Lamy welcomes European Parliament Resolution

NB: for my study

*2003-03-12@EC

Occupational pensions: Commission welcomes European Parliament approval of proposed Directive

NB: for my study

*2003-03-12@Oftel  

Notification of proposals for the designation of universal service providers and setting of conditions – under new EC Directives

*2003-03-12@ITC

News is the public service priority, says research

*2003-03-12@OFT

Market investigation reference guidance published – New Enterprise Act

Guidance on when markets will be referred to the Competition Commission for investigation under the Enterprise Act

*2003-03-12@BBC

BBC goes in the clear on digital satellite

BBCfs challenge towards emust-carryf on satellite

- this announcement means BBCfs contract with BSkyB on CAS breaks up and BBC uses other satellite to remove the need to encrypt for rights

cf. 2003-02-11 DCMS, 2002-11-20 DTI-DCMS – New Communications Bill

*2003-03-12@JFTC

‘åŽè‹âs‚É‚æ‚é“y—j“ú‚Ì‚`‚s‚l—˜—pŽè”—¿‚Ì—L—¿‰»‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä

–³—¿Žè”—¿‚Ì—L—¿‰»‚Ì‹¤“¯Œˆ’è‚́u“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@‚Ì‹K’èvˆá”½i”»’f‚́A‹¤’ʂ̈ӎvŒ`¬‚È‚µj

*2003-03-11@Å‚Ù Newly added!

ãŠü‹p@|@“Œ‹ž‚Ù •½¬12(ƒl)1516 ’˜ìŒ  –¯Ž–‘i×Ž–Œ

’˜ì•¨‚Æ‚µ‚Ä‚ÌŠy‹È‚Ì•\Œ»ã‚Ì–{Ž¿“I‚È“Á’¥‚Ì“¯ˆê«‚Ì”»’f

*2003-03-11@METI

‰º¿’†¬Šé‹ÆU‹»–@‚̈ꕔ‚ð‰ü³‚·‚é–@—¥ˆÄ‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä

*2003-03-11@EC

Commission pushes for an up-date of innovation policies in view of the Spring Council

*2003-03-11@ECJ

Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-322/01 Deutscher Apothekerverband - Free movement of goods

AG Sitx-Hackl told that the German prohibition on mail order trade (including by internet) in medicines can only be justified under the free movement of goods rules (for the protection of health and life of humans in respect of medicines that require authorization but have not been authorized)

*2003-03-11@DTI, CC

Hewitt refers Carlton/Granada merger

Competition Commission invites evidence on the proposed merger of Carlton Communications plc and Granada plc

*2003-03-11@BBC (re-uploaded at 2003-03-13)

BBC Charter Renewal project teams and leaders confirmed

*2003-03-10@EC 

Study on Interoperability, Service Diversity and Business Models in Digital Broadcasting Markets [prepared by OXERA]

Executive Summary / Final Report / Appendices

identify the ways in which interoperability could be developed in the European digital broadcasting market, and suggest policy options for digital broadcasting

cf. Workshop will be held at 13th March, 2003

*2003-03-10@EC 

Market abuse: Commission publishes three working documents concerning the first implementing measures for Market Abuse Directive

*2003-03-10@EC 

Commission approves partnership between British Airways and SN Brussels Airlines

*2003-03-10@JFTC

u‰º¿‘ã‹àŽx•¥’x‰„“™–hŽ~–@‚̈ꕔ‚ð‰ü³‚·‚é–@—¥ˆÄv‚̍‘‰ï’ño‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

uî•ñ¬‰Ê•¨‚̍쐬‚ÉŒW‚鉺¿Žæˆøvu–ð–±’ñ‹Ÿ‚ÉŒW‚鉺¿Žæˆøvu‹àŒ^‚̐»‘¢‚É‚ÉŒW‚鉺¿Žæˆøv‚̒ljÁ“™

*2003-03-07@EC

Public consultation on the review of the "Television without Frontiers" Directive

includes working papers on broadcasting eEvents on Major Importancef, general standards on advertising, access to newsworthy events and so forth

*2003-03-07@BBC Newly Added!

BBC published War Guidelines pdf

*2003-03-07@DTI

Johnson announces clearance of VNU/Book Data Merger

*2003-03-07@OFT

Completed acquisition by Centrica plc of Dynegy Storage Ltd and Dynegy Onshore Processing

*2003-03-06@FCC

FCC Media Bureau Chief Kenneth Ferree's Written Statement on Copyright Piracy Prevention and the Broadcast Flag pdf

*2003-03-06@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in joined cases T-228/99 and T-233/99 Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale and others / Commission – State Aid

Commissioner Monti announces new decision in the WestLB case and six further decisions with respect to other German Landesbanken

*2003-03-06@EC

Competition - A better deal for consumers? pdf

Speech by Sven NORBERG, The Hellenic Competition Commission, Athens, Greece, 14.02.2003

*2003-03-06@DCMS Newly Added!

Tessa Jowellfs speech on digital radio pdf

*2003-03-05@METI

‹£‘ˆ­ôŒ¤‹†‰ï’†ŠÔ•ñ‘`ŽY‹ÆÄ¶‚ÉŒü‚¯‚½Šé‹ÆŒ‹‡R¸‚̐v‘¬‰»E“§–¾‰»`

Še‘§“x”äŠr“™Ž‘—¿‚ ‚è

cf. u‹£‘ˆ­ôŒ¤‹†‰ï’†ŠÔ•ñiˆÄj|ŽY‹ÆÄ¶‚ÉŒü‚¯‚½Šé‹ÆŒ‹‡R¸‚̐v‘¬‰»E“§–¾‰»|v‚ɑ΂·‚éˆÓŒ©•åW‚ÌŒ‹‰Ê‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä

*2003-03-05@EC

Commission refers Spain to the Court for failure to comply with its decisions on tax aid in the Provinces of Alava, Guipúzcoa and Vizcaya

*2003-03-05@EC Newly Added!

"Industrial policy in the economic literature: Recent theoretical developments and implications for EU policy" pdf – Enterprise Paper No.12

*2003-03-05@Ofcom Newly Added!

Ofcom ready to launch in December, 2003

*2003-03-05@CC

Vibe/Galaxy Inquiry – Issues under investigation

CCfs letter to parties to highlight the points

*2003-03-04@FTC

FTC to Challenge Nestlé, Dreyer's Merger

Agency Will Allege $2.8 Billion Ice Cream Deal Violates Antitrust Laws

*2003-03-04@FCC

Verizon Admits Violations Of Long Distance Marketing Ban - Company To Make $5.7 Million Payment To United States Treasury

News Release / Powellfs Statement

*2003-03-04@EC

The Takeover Directive: A Commission perspective

Speech by Frits Bolkestein Member of the European Commission in charge of the Internal Market and Taxation

Address at The Centre for European Policy Studies Brussels, 4th March 2003

*2003-03-04@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-319/99 Fenin / Commission

It is the business of offering goods or services in a particular market, rather than the simple fact of making purchases, which characterises an activity as an economic activity in EC competition lawcwhen a body or organization purchases goods or equipment for use in an activity which is not economic in nature for example one which is purely social, it is not acting as an undertaking, even if it wields considerable economic power

*2003-03-04@BBC

Digital terrestrial achieves biggest ever audience - DTT

*2003-03-03@FCC

Auction of Direct Broadcast Satellite Service Licenses Scheduled for August 6, 2003

Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedures - Public Notice pdf

*2003-03-03@DOJ

Judge Approves The Mathworks/Wind River Settlement - The MathWorks and Wind River Agree to Sell MATRIXx Assets to National Instruments Corp

*2003-03-03@Council

2490th Council meeting - COMPETITIVENESS (Internal Market, Industry and Research) - Brussels, 3 March 2003 - PROVISIONAL VERSION

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 3rd March 2003 [issued at 2003-02-28]

Results of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 3rd March 2003 Newly added!

issues on patent, take-over bids and so on

 

February

 

*2003-02-28@FCC

Remarks of Commissioner Adelstein before the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners pdf

*2003-02-28@EC

Commission clears TotalFinaElf's acquisition of the GB gas supply business of Mobil Gas Limited

*2003-02-28@Oftel and RA

Oftel and Radiocommunications Agency speed up dispute resolution process

Dispute resolution under the new EU Directives - a statement by Oftel and the Radiocommunications Agency

*2003-02-28@DTI

Wireless Broadband Auction Plans

*2003-02-28@CC

Extended warranties on domestic electric goods: Issues under Investigation pdf

*2003-02-27@FCC 

Public Hearing on Broadcast Ownership, Richmond Convention Center

Statement of Chairman Powell

Opening Remarks of Commissioner Abernathy, Broadcast Ownership En Banc

Remarks of Commissioner Copps

Remarks of K. Dane Snowden, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Broadcast Ownership En Banc

*2003-02-27@EC 

Commission adopts new Regulation exempting certain agreements in insurance sector

*2003-02-27@DTI

New labeling to promote digital TV takeup

*2003-02-26@FCC Newly added!

Repealed the cable/broadcast cross-ownership rule pdf

following Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FCC, 280 F3.d 1027 (D.C. Cir. Feb, 19, 2002)

*2003-02-26@FCC 

Statements Before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives

Powell Statement: Written / Oral

includes his comment on the Decision (*2003-02-20 FCC)

*2003-02-26@EC

Air transport : Commission proposes clear rules to handle alliances between EU and non-EU carriers

Open Skies: Commission sets out its international air transport policy

EC sets up rules followed by the 2002-11-05 ECJ judgment: call Member States to respect the principles of the judgment / propose clear articulation of competence / ensure proper information exchange

*2003-02-25@NCTA

gThe Anytime, Anywhere Principle of Cable Broadbandh pdf

By Robert Sachs, President & CEO of NCTA, Remarks to National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Washington, DC

introduction of latest US cable services and comment on regulation/network neutrality (common carriage v market-negotiated access)

*2003-02-25@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-59/01 Commission v Italy - Freedom to provide services

NB: for my LLM study

*2003-02-25@Oftel

Local loop unbundling: Direction on charges for Power at BT exchanges – Issued by the Director General of Telecommunications

*2003-02-25@DTI

HEWITT refers Centrica/Dynegy merger

*2003-02-25@“ú–{Œo’c˜A

uŠé‹ÆEŽY‹ÆÄ¶‚ÉŒW‚鎖ˆÄ‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŠé‹ÆŒ‹‡R¸‚ɂ‚¢‚āv(Œ´ˆÄ) i2003”N2ŒŽ5“ú Œö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ïŒö•\j‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éƒRƒƒ“ƒg

cf. *2003-02-05 JFTC

*2003-02-24@JFTC

“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@Œ¤‹†‰ï‘[’u‘ÌŒnŒ©’¼‚µŒŸ“¢•”‰ïi‘æ‚S‰ñj‹cŽ–ŠT—v pdf 

¬“cØ•ñiŒoÏŠw“IlŽ@jEò“c•ñi‰Û’¥‹à‚ÌŽZ’èj‚ ‚è

*2003-02-21@Council (EC)

European Council gives stamp of approval for eEurope 2005 pdf

cf. 2003-03-05 Director-General Fabio COLASANTI will attend symposium related to eEurope 2005 in Mita

*2003-02-20@FCC

FCC Adopts New Rules for Network Unbundling Obligations of Incumbent Local Phone Carriers (all documents pdf)

News Release / Attachment

Powellfs statement / Coppsf News Release

measures to promote broadband introduced, but radical de-regulation reform blocked

cf. Revised Sunshine Notice and Schedule Change for FCC Open Commission Meeting, Thursday, February 20, 2003.

*2003-02-20@BBC

BBC publishes response to News 24 Lambert Review

cf. *2002-12-05 DCMS – yHeadline 2002iŒã”¼jz

*2003-02-19@EC

La politique de la Commission en matière d'amendes antitrust : récents développements, perspectives d'avenir (fr) pdf

Speech by Gianfranco ROCCA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institut d'Études Européennes, Brussels, Belgium, 04.02.2003

*2003-02-19@EC

CAP reform: Commission proposes to simplify agricultural state aid regime

*2003-02-18@EC

Final negative State aid decisions on special tax schemes in Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland

cf. *2003-02-14@EC: Montifs speech

*2003-02-18@Ofgem

Ofgem says E.ON/Rurhgas deal has serious consequences for European competition pdf

He stressed the coherent policies at both national and European level

cf. *2003-01-31 E.ONfs press release

*2003-02-18@Oftel

The Competition Commission's report on the charges made by mobile operators for terminating

cf. *2003-01-22@Oftel

*2003-02-14@EC

More coherence for European contract law : Commission adopts Action plan

cf. Article 238 EC (jurisdiction of the ECJ), Article 288 EC (contractual / non-contractual liability)

*2003-02-14@EC

Competition enforcement and the interests of consumers - a stable link in times of change pdf

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

European Competition Day in Athens, Athens, Greece, 14.02.2003

*2003-02-14@EC signs_s13.gif

Statement by Commissioner Monti on Fiscal Aid Regimes – State Aid

this case shows the political side of State Aid policy

*2003-02-13@FCC

FCC Affirms Rules to Authorize the Deployment of UWB Technology pdf

Powell Statement pdf

*2003-02-13@EC

Six transactions between Electrabel and local authority energy suppliers in Flanders: Commission refers cases to Belgian competition authorities

jurisdiction of competition authority

*2003-02-13@EC

Study on the application of competition rules to the water sector in the European Community commissioned by the Competition DG (December 2002) pdf

*2003-02-13@EC

Free movement of services: Commission takes action to ensure Italy's compliance with two judgments of the European Court of Justice

NB: for my LLM study

*2003-02-13@EC

Free movement of goods: the Commission takes action against five Member States

NB: for my LLM study

*2003-02-13@Oftel and so on (OFT published at 2003-02-26)

A Study into Certian Aspects of the Cost of Capital for the Regulated Utilities in the UK

Ž‘–{ƒRƒXƒg‚ÆŒö‰vŠé‹Æ‹K§

*2003-02-12@EC  

Commission puts in place final piece of new framework for electronic communications

Commission Recommendation On Relevant Product and Service Markets within the electronic communications sector susceptible to ex ante regulation in accordance with Directive 2002/21/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a common regulatory framework for electronic communication networks and services C(2003)497

Recommendation pdf / Explanatory memorandum pdf

Commission identified 18 markets in the electronic communications sector that national regulators will have to investigate in order to decide whether these markets continue to justify sector specific regulation

«Recommendation on relevant markets and New regulatory framework»

related speech by M. Erkki Liikanen at Press Conference Brussels, 12 February 2003

*2003-02-12@EC

Commission urges Europe to move to Broadband : Communication (.doc-file)

In the Communication the Commission highlights that secure, multi-platform high-speed connections (broadband) will be the basis of the knowledge-based society

"Europe's information society : our objectives for 2005"

related speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen at Joint debate on Information Society eEUROPE 2005 (European Parliament) Brussels, 11 February 2003

*2003-02-12@EC

"Is Digital TV a priority for Europe?"

Speech by Erkki Liikanen at PuntoIt Workshop European Parliament, Strasbourg, 11 February 2003

*2003-02-11@FCC

FCC to Host Cutting Edge Ultra-Wideband Technology Demonstrations on Thursday February 13, 2003 pdf

*2003-02-11@EC

Commission launches major initiative to simplify and streamline EU legislation

*2003-02-11@DCMS  

Tessa Jowell speech to the Westminister Media Forum on 'Must carry/Must offer' pdf

She explains the background of the new Communications Bill, particularly about the difference of eMust Carryf rules on cable and satellite, the relationship between competition law and regulation on Public Service Broadcaster and so forth

*2003-02-10@FCC

FCC Releases Item Reallocating Spectrum for New Wireless Services Order FCC 03-16 pdf

News Release (.doc-file) / Powell Statement pdf

*2003-02-10@EC Public text available!

Commission clears dual listed company combining the cruise activities of Carnival and P&O Princess

M.3071 - CARNIVAL CORPORATION / P&O PRINCESS (II) - Decision: Art. 6(1)(b)

Public text of decision pdf

Commission finds no significant change in the cruise market since July cf. *2002-07-24 EC

*2003-02-10@EC

European Commission proposes creation of Network Security Agency to boost Cyber Security in Europe

Speech: The European Network and Information Security Agency

Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

Press Conference Brussels, 10 February 2003

FAQ: Creation of a European Network and Information Security Agency - Frequent Questions and Answers

*2003-02-10@DCMS

Tessa Jowell Announces TV Licence Fees For 2003-2004

*2003-02-07@EC signs_s13.gif

Services of general economic interest and the European model of development

Speech by Romano Prodi President of the European Commission

CEEP dinner Brussels, 5 February 2003

Prodi indicates the Commission will publish the Green Paper on services of general interest at the end of next month

*2003-02-07@EC

'Broadband Day' a Success

Commissioner Liikanen underlined the importance of seeing a complementary as well as a substitutable role of alternative technologies, and emphasised promotion of competition as the main policy tool to ensure widespread access, with demand-side policies, or policies aiming at the development of new content, applications and services, complementing supply-side policies

*2003-02-07@EC

On line glossary of terms used in Competition related matters

*2003-02-06@DOJ

Speech: The DOJ International Antitrust Program — Maintaining Momentum

Presented at the American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, 2003 Forum on International Competition Law

by Acting Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate

*2003-02-06@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Gemstar-TV Guide for Illegal Pre-Merger Coordination

Department Obtains Record Civil Penalties of $5.67 Million and Injunction

the case against Gemstar and TV Guide stopped competing for some customers in interactive program guide (IPGs) market while they were negotiating a JV

[US District Court for the District of Columbia]

United States' Memorandum Regarding Procedures for Entry of Final Judgments

Stipulation and Order

Proposed Final Judgment

Complaint for Equitable Relief and Civil Penalties

*2003-02-06@EU

Draft of Articles 1 to 16 of the Constitutional Treatycthe European Convention pdf

*2003-02-06@ECJ

Opinion delivered by Advocate General Ruiz-Jarabo in Cases C-463/00 and C-98/01 Commission v Spain and Commission v United Kingdom

Full text of the opinion

AG calls on the Court to find in favour of Member States retaining their ability to regulate systems of company ownership in so far as those systems do not discriminate against nationals of other Member States

cf. *2003-02-05

*2003-02-05@FCC

Chairman Powell's Statement on Broadcast Ownership Proceedings pdf

*2003-02-05@JFTC

uŠé‹ÆEŽY‹ÆÄ¶‚ÉŒW‚鎖ˆÄ‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŠé‹ÆŒ‹‡R¸‚ɂ‚¢‚āviŒ´ˆÄj‚ÌŒö•\‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

cf. *2002-12-20

*2003-02-05@EC

WTO Services: Commission submits draft offer to Council and Parliament - public services fully defended

WTO Services: concrete examples of draft offer to improve third countries access to the EU Services market

the offer maintains the EU position of taking no commitments in the audio-visual sector, and also proposes no commitments on either education or health services – partly supported by the amendment on Article 133 EC [common commercial policy]

*2003-02-05@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission asks Netherlands to review special powers in KPN and TPG – Internal Market

Commissionfs formal challenge against ggolden shareh rule

*2003-02-05@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission decides to pursue infringement case on Copenhagen Airports – Internal Market

*2003-02-05@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission decides to open infringement proceedings against Italy concerning privatised companies – Internal Market

*2003-02-05@EC

Commission probes Austrian electricity merger

*2003-02-05@EC

Moving towards open platforms and interoperable services in tomorrow's information society Public Hearing on Open Platforms and Interoperability for Digital Television and 3G Speech by Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

Brussels, 4 February 2003

multi-platform delivery of services, challenge of interoperability at all levels such as terminal devices, network infrastructure, content and services and applications delivered across platform

*2003-02-04@EC

What are the results of 15 years deregulation in telecommunications, what are the challenges and opportunities for telecommunications and media operators and policy makers in the coming years? pdf

Speech by Herbert UNGERER, ANNUAL CONFERENCE, DUTCH TELECOM SOCIETY, The Hague, the NetherLands, 23.01.2003

*2003-02-01@European Union

Treaty of Nice, enter into effect – Treaty of Nice site

cf. Summary of the treaty of Nice / The treaty of Nice enters into force: an essential building block to enlarge the European Union

‚¨‚»‚ç‚­ƒJƒ‹ƒgƒNƒCƒY‚ŏo‚é‚Ì‚ªAƒWƒƒ[ƒiƒ‹–¼‚̕ύX‚Å‚µ‚傤iÎjBæ”ʂ̃ƒ‚‚É‚à‘‚«‚Ü‚µ‚½‚ªAspecialised chambers‚̉^—p‚ª’–Ú‚³‚ê‚Ü‚·B

 

January

 

*2003-01-31@E.ON Newly Added!

E.ON to take control of Ruhrgas

E.ON AG has reached an out-of-court settlement with the nine opponents of the ministerial approval allowing it to take control of Ruhrgas

*2003-01-30@FCC

Statement of Chairman Michael Powell on Senator McCain's Telecommunications Ownership Diversification Initiative pdf

NCTAfs comment pdf

McCain Bill Diversifies Ownership in Telecommunications Industry - McCainfs statement

*2003-01-30@JFTC

uŒö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ï‚ð“àŠt•{‚ÌŠO‹Ç‚Ɉڍs‚³‚¹‚邽‚ß‚ÌŠÖŒW–@—¥‚̐®”õ‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚é–@—¥ˆÄv‚̍‘‰ï’ño‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä

*2003-01-30@EC

Data protection: Microsoft agrees to change its .NET Passport system after discussions with EU watchdog

*2003-01-30@EC

Commission launches investigation into possible state aid for France Télécom – State Aid

*2003-01-30@EC

Commission holds hearing on interoperability and open platforms for digital television and 3G mobile communications

*2003-01-30@EC

Intellectual property: Commission proposes Directive to bolster the fight against piracy and counterfeiting

Proposed Directive on enforcement of intellectual property rights: frequently asked questions

cf. Full text version of the proposal / Latest IP news in EC

*2003-01-30@OFT signs_s13.gif

The OFT has published its decision that BSkyB has not breached competition law

full text was published  cf.*2002-12-17

*2003-01-29@CC Newly added!

GANNETT/SMG MERGER INQUIRY - Issues Statement

CC will also analyse the need for accurate presentation of news and free expression of opinion

*2003-01-27@FCC

Chairman Powell's Statement on Supreme Court Decision in NextWave Case pdf

FCC v. Nextwave Communications [US Supreme Court - FindLaw site]

*2003-01-27@FCC

FCC Initiates Second Review of DTV Transition pdf

*2003-01-24@DOJ

Speech: Antitrust and Intellectual Property

Presented at the American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2003 Mid-Winter Institute by Acting Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate

*2003-01-24@Oftel

A dispute between BT and Vodafone regarding wholesale connections between BT's and Vodafone's networks

*2003-01-23@DOJ

Speech: Antitrust and Federalism

Presented at the New York State Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, Annual Meeting by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Deborah Platt Majoras

*2003-01-23@EC

TV Rights of Sports Events pdf

Speech by Torben TOFT, Vision in Business Broadcasting Competition Law, Hilton Hotel, Brussels, Belgium, 15.01.2003

Joint selling, Exclusivity

*2003-01-22@JFTC

“ú–{•ú‘—‹¦‰ï‚̔ԑg§ìˆÏ‘õŽæˆø‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

Commissioning and copyrights: cf. ITCfs programme supply review (see*2002-11-25) and so forthAu–𖱂̈ϑõŽæˆø‚É‚¨‚¯‚é—D‰z“I’nˆÊ‚Ì—”—p‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚é“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@ã‚ÌŽwjv‚̉ü’ùŒŸ“¢

*2003-01-22@Oftel

The Competition Commission's report on the charges made by mobile operators for terminating calls

Reports on references under section 13 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 on the charges made by Vodafone, O2, Orange and T-Mobile for terminating calls from fixed and mobile networks

*2003-01-22@EC

Vision in Business Broadcasting Competition Law pdf

Speech by Herbert UNGERER, Hilton Hotel, Brussels, Belgium, 14.01.2003

focusing on eaccessf issue (to downstream distribution platform and to upstream premium content) in the current phase of consolidation

*2003-01-22@EC

Commission tables farm reform to give farmers a long-term perspective for sustainable agriculture

CAP Reform

Questions & Answers

*2003-01-21@EC

State aid probe into possible overcompensation for Danish public service broadcaster TV2 – State Aid

Assessment under the Commission Communication on the application of state aid rules to public service broadcasting (see*2001-11-15): the Commissionfs preliminary conclusion is that TV2 could cross-subsidise its commercial activities and thereby distort competition in this market

*2003-01-21@EC

Commission proposes phase-out of French State guarantee for CDC IXIS – State Aid

*2003-01-21@EC

Electromagnetic compatibility of electrical and electronic equipment: towards simpler rules and more transparency

*2003-01-17@DOJ

Department of Justice Approves Northwest/Continental/Delta Marketing Alliance with Conditions

Agreement Could Result in Lower Fares and Better Service for Passengers

*2003-01-17@EC

Welcome address to the 1st meeting of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group

Mr Erkki Liikanen Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society

1st meeting of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group Brussels, 17 January 2003

*2003-01-16@FCC

Statement of Chairman Powell, Public Hearing on Media Ownership, Columbia University pdf

*2003-01-16@DTI

DTI establishes timetable for introduction of British Electricity Transmission and Trading Arrangements (BETTA)

*2003-01-15@US Supreme Court

Eldred v. Ashcroft [from FindLaw] / from Official Site pdf

The Court judged the Sonny Bono Act did not transgress constitutional limitations

cf. Lawrence Lessigfs comment

*2003-01-15@FTC

FTC Chairman Speaks on Improving The Economic Foundations of Competition Policy

*2003-01-15@FCC

Presentations at the January 2003 Open Commission Meeting by Senior Agency Officials Regarding Implementations of the Agency's Strategic Plan and a Comprehensive Review of FCC Policies

*2003-01-15@EC

Mario Monti welcomes the abolition of State guarantees for German public sector banks – State Aid

*2003-01-15@DCMS signs_s13.gif

Tessa Jowell Responds to ITC Programme Supply Review

Speech draft for IPPR Convention on Public Service Communications pdf 

She said she was accepting almost all its recommendations, including amendments to the Communications Bill on the introduction of binding code of practice governing the dealings of broadcasters with independent production companiescfor detailed contents refer to 2002-11-25

*2003-01-15@ITC signs_s13.gif 

Programme Supply Review

Following Jowell's response, ITC issued the following statement it welcomes the Government's response to the Programme Supply Review and will be working with Ofcom to take these issues forward

*2003-01-15@Oftel

Speech by David Edmonds Director General of Telecommunications to the IPPR Oxford Communications Convention

mainly on public service broadcasting from the experience of Oftel, pointing out similarities with telecom

*2003-01-14@FCC

Statements on Competition Issues in the Telecommunications Industry, Before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, United States Senate

Chairman Powell Statement: Statement | Attachment

Commissionersf Statement: Abernathy Statement, Copps Statement, Martin Statement, Adelstein Statement (all files are pdf)

*2003-01-14@FTC

A Critical Analysis of Critical Loss Analysis (Working Paper 254) pdf [FTC]

*2003-01-14@ECJ

Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-280/00 Altmark Trans et Regierungspräsidium Magdeburg – State Aid

Full text of the opinion

AG Léger takes the view that State financing of public services constitutes State aid within the meaning of the Treaty --- Considering the importance of the question, the Court decided to arrange to arrange a second hearing to request all the Member States and the Council and the Commission to put forward their points of viewcit is an exceptional procedure

cf. [Œp‘±ƒgƒsƒbƒNƒX] ; AG Jacobfs Opinion on this case refers to*2002-03-19@

*2003-01-14@EC

Commission clears acquisition of Sidel by Tetra Laval Group

M.2416 - TETRA LAVAL / SIDEL - Decision: Art. 6(2) (conditions&obligations) for understanding the whole structure of this case

Following the judgment of the CFI annulling the Commission's prohibition decision, the Commission made a new assessment of the transaction

cf. *2002-10-25 CFIfs judgment, *2002-12-20 the Commission appeals for the ECJ

*2003-01-13@EC

M.3087 - PENSKE / DAIMLERCHRYSLER / VM MOTORI – Notified / M.3087 - PENSKE / DAIMLERCHRYSLER / VM MOTORI JV - Decision: Art. 6(1)(b) [2003.02.13]

Commission clears acquisition of VM motori by Penske and DaimlerChrysler [Midday Express 17/02/2003]

Public text of decision pdf

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*2003-01-13@EC

Sales promotion: Belgium brought before the Court of Justice for banning certain loyalty schemes – freedom to provide services (Article 49 EC)

*2003-01-13@ITC

Consent for BSkyB to show World Cup Cricket

cf. *2002-11-29

*2003-01-13@DTI

Competition Minister Johnson reefers to the CC the acquisition of Eastern Countries Radio (in accordance with the advice of the DGFT)

*2003-01-13@CC

VNU Entertainment Media UK/Book Data merger inquiry: remedies statement

CCfs planned remedies statement

*2003-01-10@FCC

FCC Seeks Comment on Cable-Consumer Electronics Agreement on "Plug and Play" pdf

*2003-01-09@EC signs_s13.gif

EU Competition Policy in the Media Sector, two new independent studies were published

I - Market Definition in the Media Sector, Comparative Legal Analysis, December 2002 pdf 

This analysis is based on comparative research, France, UK, Germany, Italy: and it finds out the limit of SSNIP test and proposes an unique and coherent method for market definition of the Media Sector [this summary is not exhaustive]

II - Market Definition in the Media Sector, Economic Issues, November 2002 pdf

Analysis of the specific economic characteristics of media industries, and some past competition decisions for seeking implications for market definition in the Media Sector

*2003-01-09@EC

European Economic Area: launch of Enlargement Negotiations - Enlargement

*2003-01-09@Conseil de la concurrence

Droits télévisuels : le Conseil de la concurrence examinera la demande de mesures conservatoires de TPS le 8 janvier 2003

examination based on complaint by TPS (owned by TF1 and M6) against Canal+ on exclusive rights on football has started

*2003-01-09@OFT

The decision by the Director General of Telecommunications that BT has not infringed the Chapter II prohibition of the Competition Act 1998 in respect of allegations made by Freeserve

cf. *2002-11-11 the CCATfs conclusion

complaint about cross marketing activity between BT and BT Openworld, advance notification of wholesale price reductions, cross subsidy, BT's telephone census

*2003-01-08@EC

M.3071 - CARNIVAL CORPORATION / P&O PRINCESS (II) - Notified

*2003-01-08@EC

Commission considers that an excessive government deficit exists in Germany

*2003-01-08@EC

Legislation on separate accounts for public service undertakings still insufficient in several Member States – State Aid

Under the Directive 80/723/EEC on the transparency of financial relations between Member States and public undertakings (three times amended: 1985, 1993, 2000)

*2003-01-08@DCMS signs_s13.gif

Tessa Jowell gives approval to BBC Digital Curriculum

cf. press release by BBC / Bectafs press release

*2003-01-07@EC

Speech - Frits Bolkestein European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Taxation and Customs

The Internal Market Ten Years Without Frontiers Press Conference Brussels, 07 January 2003

Internal Market: a decade without frontiers has transformed Europe - but it is only the start

*2003-01-06@FCC

THE LAST DJ? : FINDING A VOICE ON MEDIA OWNERSHIP - Remarks by Commissioner Adelstein pdf

The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit 2003

*2003-01-06@EC

COM(2002) 778 final pdf@- The Fourth Report from the Commission relating to the application of the "Television without Frontiers" directive has been adopted on 06.01.2003.

particularly on eevents of major importance for societyf, eprotection of minorsf and erules on advertisingf; in an annex to the report, Work programme for the review of the gTelevision without Frontiersh Directive and Table of Future Actions in 2003

cf. Council Conclusions of 19 December 2002 on the "Television without Frontiers" Directive pdf

cf. Council Resolution of 19 December 2002 on interactive media content in Europe pdf

*2003-01-06@EC

Internal market: Commission moves against 13 Member States for failure to implement EU legislation

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Greek Presidency of the European Union: January – June 2003

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