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December

 

*2003-12-31@OFT Newly added!

The Director General of Telecommunications does not consider that T-Mobile's disconnection of VIP Communications' services constitutes an infringement of the Competition Act

*2003-12-31@OFT Newly added!

The Director General of Telecommunications has concluded that the conduct of BT in publishing its directory enquiries number on the front of the BT phonebook has not had a material adverse effect on competition in the telephone directory enquiries services market

*2003-12-25@‘–±È

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*2003-12-24@JFTC signs_s13.gif

“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@‰ü³‚ÌŠî–{“Il‚¦•û‚ɂ‚¢‚ā@pdf

cf.*2003-10-28@

*2003-12-23@DOJ

Press Release: Statement by Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate Regarding the Closing of the Digital Music Investigation

Investigation Reveals the Major Record Labels' Joint Ventures, pressplay and MusicNet, Have Not Harmed Consumers or Reduced Competition

*2003-12-23@DTI

Hewitt accepts undertakings from Centrica

cf.*2003-08-01@DTI, CC, OFT

*2003-12-22@FCC

December 18th Remarks of Chairman Powell at the Chicago Economic Club, Chicago, Illinois pdf

*2003-12-22@OFT signs_s13.gif

The OFT publishes a summary of how the OFT and Ofcom will work together when Ofcom gains its full competition powers under the Communications Act 2003 pdf

Competition Act Enforcement – only one competent authority may launch a formal investigation into the same conduct / Enterprise Act investigations and references – OFT and Ofcom will consult each other / Other duties – BBC independent productions monitoring by Ofcom, Channel 3 networking arrangements primarily by Ofcom and partly by OFT, Channel 3 news provision by OFT and Ofcom jointly

*2003-12-19@FCC, DOJ signs_s13.gif

Subject to Conditions, Commission Approves Transaction Between General Motors Corp., Hughes Electronics Corp. and the News Corporation Ltd

Public Notice / Fact Sheet

Press Release: Justice Department Will Not Challenge News Corp.'s Acquisition of Hughes Electronics Corp Newly added!

vertical nature of the merger is likely to give News Corp incentive to ability to increase prices paid by MVPDs by temporarily withholding or threatening to withhold owned and operated broadcast TV stations and its RSN (Regional Sports Networks) programming...the main point for the remedy

*2003-12-19@FCC

WorldCom, Inc and its Subsidiaries (debtors-in-possession), Transferor, and MCI, Inc., Transferee, Application for Consent to Transfer and/or Assign Section 214 Authorizations, Section 310 Licenses, and Submarine Cable Landing Licences pdf

*2003-12-19@EC

Speechs by Philip LOWE

Developments in EC competition policy, Richard Butler's Annual Competition Forum, London, UK, 29.11.2002

Review of the EC Merger Regulation - forging a way ahead, European Merger Control Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 08.11.2002

The substantive standard for merger control, and the treatment of efficiuencies in merger analysis: an EU perspective, Fordham Annual Antitrust Conference, Fordham, USA, 30.10.2002

Competition Policy and Economic Development - a view from the European Commission, ICC Competition Commission, New York, USA, 30.10.2002

Future directions for EU Competition Policy, Center for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium, 11.10.2002

Funktion, Finanzierung und Transparenz des öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunks in der EU (de), Liaison Office of Saarland, Brussels, Belgium, 19.09.2002

*2003-12-19@EC

Air transport: airlines asked to explain price discrimination practices

Commission services have written today to 18 European airlines, asking them if and why they charge different prices for identical flights to residents of different EU countries. Airlines have until the end of February 2004 to react

*2003-12-19@EC

State aid for R&D favouring small and medium-sized enterprises exempted from requirement of prior notification – State Aid

As of 1 January 2005 the new definition of small and medium sized enterprise ("SME") - adopted earlier this year - will be integrated into the Commission regulations on training aid and on aid to SMEs. In addition, the scope of the Commission regulation that governs State aid for research and development (R&D) will be extended to cover such aid in favour of SMEs

- No 68/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to training aid

- No 70/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)

*2003-12-19@EC

First Commission decision on restructuring of Czech bank – State Aid ginterim mechanismh

*2003-12-19@EC

Commission suspects TeliaSonera (Sweden) of having abused its dominant position in the provision of high-speed Internet access

predatory pricing, preventing alternative providers of infrastructure from entering the market for the provision of broadband networks and services

*2003-12-19@EC

Results from Spectrum Trading Workshop published

Presentations available

*2003-12-19@Oftel/Ofcom  

Oftel notifies EC of proposals for mobile regulation

OFTEL PUBLICATION: Wholesale Mobile Voice Call Termination

*2003-12-19@CC

NFU/Milk Marque/CC resolve litigation

Following the ECJfs judgment (preliminary judgment), which makes clear the freedom of member states to apply competition law in the agriculture sector, litigation resolved

*2003-12-19@OFT

The Director General of Telecommunications has made a decision regarding the alleged anticompetitive practices by British Telecommunications plc in relation to BTOpenworld's consumer broadband products

*2003-12-18@RealNetworks

RealNetworks files antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft

*2003-12-18@FTC

Resolving Anticompetitive Concerns, FTC Clears General Electricfs Acquisition of AGFAfs Nondestructive Testing Business

*2003-12-18@DOJ, FTC

Press Release: Department of Justice and FTC Issue Merger Challenges Data, Announce Upcoming Merger Enforcement Workshop

Announcement of a Workshop on Merger Enforcement

Merger Challenges Data, Fiscal Years 1999 - 2003 pdf

cf.*2003-12-15

*2003-12-18@EC

Speech delivered by Philip Lowe at the Fordham Antitrust Conference pdf

Speech by Philip LOWE, Thirtieth annual conference on international antitrust law and policy, Fordham, USA, 23.10.2003

*2003-12-18@EC

Public procurement: Commission acts to ensure six Member States apply EU rules

*2003-12-18@Oftel/Ofcom

Oftel Publication: Review of the retail leased lines, symmetric broadband origination and wholesale trunk segments markets

*2003-12-18@Ofcom

New codes process for independent producers announced by Ofcom

Guidelines for broadcasters in drafting codes of practice for commissioning programmes from independent suppliers Codes and Guidelines

*2003-12-18@Oftel/Ofcom

Oftel News Release: Oftel publishes 2003 annual report

Oftel Publication: Oftel 2003 annual report pdf

*2003-12-18@DTI, OFT, CC

DTI:

Extended Warranty Market Unfair to Consumers

OFT:

OFT publishes its advice to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the Competition Commission report on extended warranties for domestic electrical goods

Competition Commission:

Extended warranties on domestic electrical goods: Report published

Warranties market opened up to greater competition pdf

*2003-12-18@OFT

OFT refers proposed acquisition by Drager Medical of Air-Shields

*2003-12-17@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-219/99 British Airways / Commission

The performance reward schemes used by British Airways to calculate travel agents' commissions constitutes an abuse of the dominant position held by British Airways on the United Kingdom market for air travel agency services

*2003-12-17@EC

Commission clears the proposed acquisition of Midlands Electricity by E.ON.

*2003-12-17@EC

Postal services: France before the Court over the non-implementation of two postal Directives Internal Market

*2003-12-17@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission takes the Netherlands to Court of Justice on special powers in KPN and TNT – Internal Market

hgolden shareh rules

*2003-12-17@EC

Internal Market: Commission acts to ensure eleven Member States implement EU laws – Internal Market

*2003-12-17@EC  

Electronic Communications: Commission takes further step in enforcement action against seven Member States

*2003-12-17@‘–±È

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*2003-12-16@FCC

Wireline Competition Bureau Grants Consent for Acquisition of Assets of One Call Communications, Inc. by OCMC, Inc pdf

*2003-12-16@EC

Commission adopts merger control guidelines – Merger Review

Horizontal Guidelines, which explain market share criteria (HHI Index) to intervene, consideration of efficiency claims, buyer power, failing firm defence and so on, adopted

*2003-12-16@EC

Commission reaches provisional agreement with FA Premier League and BSkyB over football rights

COMP/38.828 - PO / FA Premier League Limited + British Sky Broadcasting plc / COMP/38.453 - FAPL+Sky / COMP/38.173 – PO / The Football Association Premier League Limited --- Publicity

two-stage approach: creating opportunities for broadcasters other than BSkyB now, and even greater opportunities in the future

*2003-12-16@EC

State Aid decisions

Air Transport / outermost regions: Commission authorises French State aid to Air Austral to open a Réunion-Paris line

Air Transport / outermost regions: Commission authorises French State aid to Air Caraïbes to promote development of the West Indies

Commission secures withdrawal of the unlimited guarantee granted to EDF, thereby encouraging competition in the energy sector

Final decision on tax aid for takeovers of ailing companies

Commission approves aid to encourage the movement of intermodal containers by rail in the United Kingdom

*2003-12-16@EC

Free movement of capital: Commission takes Italy to the Court of Justice for restrictions on investment in energy companies

*2003-12-16@EC

European Commission presents new roadmap for short-and medium term update of EU audiovisual policy

Communication on the future of European regulatory audiovisual policy COM(2003)784final adopted on 15.12.2003 pdf

*2003-12-16@Ofcom

Ofcom Open day - A User's Guide to Ofcom – Presentation@pdf

*2003-12-16@Oftel/Ofcom

Oftel and Ofcom publish proposed regulation of Wholesale Broadband Access Market

proposed Market Definition and SMP - (i) asymmetric broadband origination market in the UK [SMP: BT], (ii) in the Hull area [SMP: Kingston], (iii) broadband conveyance market in the UK [SMP: BT]

*2003-12-15@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Settlement With First Data and Concord EFS - First Data to Divest Entire Interest in NYCE Corporation to Resolve Department's Concerns: Settlement Protects American Businesses and Consumers

*2003-12-15@DTI signs_s13.gif Newly added!

Government launches consultation on Media Merger Guidance

Consultation Document pdf

guidance for the Minister to intervene in the case of emedia public interest': newspaper merger considerations are untouched under the past FTA / broadcasting and cross-media public interest considerations are plurality of persons with control of media enterprises; range of broadcasting; commitment to the broadcasting standard objectives...but intervention will be limited to the areas covering the removed media ownership rules, also applied under 4064/89/EEC, Article 21(3) [ECMR]

*2003-12-12,13@European Council

Brussels European Council 12 December 2003 PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS

IGC

President Prodi statement at the IGC final press conference Newly added!

"Total Disagreement On Voting System"

Italian Presidency's proposals

*2003-12-12@HSMO signs_s13.gif  

No.3142(C. 125) The Office of Communications Act 2002 (Commencement No. 3) and Communications Act 2003 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2003

No.3180 The Enterprise Act 2002 and Media Mergers (Consequential Amendments) Order 2003

No.3142 commences the provisions of the Act relating to newspaper and other media mergers, No.3180 is The Enterprise Act 2002 and Media Mergers (Consequential Amendments) Order 2003 (SI 2003/3180); most of the amendments will come into force on 29th December 2003

*2003-12-12@Ofcom

Ofcom announces Strategic Review of UK telecommunications sector

*2003-12-12@‘–±È  

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*2003-12-11@EC  

EU-US: Commission urges US to reconsider Iraq reconstruction contracts decision

*2003-12-11@DCMS, BBC signs_s13.gif 

"Your BBC, Your Say" - Jowell launches biggest ever public debate on future of the BBC

Information site: The document The Review of the BBC's Royal Charter and further information on the BBC and Charter Review

Phase 1 (Open Consultation, Commissioning and Gathering of research and reviews [including Ofcomfs review on PSB and DCMSfs ongoing reviews on online, new services]) has started; Phase 2 – publish Green Paper (Beginning 2005); Phase 3 – publish White Paper (Autumn 2005); Completion – Mid 2006

BBC statement in response to DCMS questions

Information site: The BBC's Charter Review website

*2003-12-11@OFT  

OFT to appeal merger reference judgment - IBA Health v Office of Fair Trading

cf.*2003-12-05@OFT

*2003-12-11@OFT  

OFT has today published draft guidance for consultation explaining how it selects and carries out market studies

*2003-12-11@JFTC  

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*2003-12-10@EC

Commission approves alliance between BA and Iberia – State Aid

BA and Iberia undertook to release enough landing and take-off slots at London Gatwick and Madrid for one competitor to be able to operate four daily services

cf. related issue: One Single sky for the whole EU

*2003-12-10@EC

Commission proposes rules for first-ever "de minimis" aid in agriculture and fisheries – State Aid

CAP reform: Commission introduces simplified agricultural state aid regime

Commissioner Franz Fischler, responsible for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said: gThe formal adoption of this regulation comes on the same day that the Commission is proposing a draft "de minimis" rule for state aid in the agriculture sector (the upper one). Both regulations show that the Commission is willing to take bold steps to simplify the regulatory framework for agriculture."

*2003-12-10@EC signs_s13.gif 

Public financing of television in France between 1988 and 1994 proportional to the cost of its public service obligations – State Aid

[application of the method laid down in the communication on the application of state aid rules to public service broadcasting] ad hoc aid is limited to compensation for the costs of public service obligations; to ensure the same conditions of competition on commercial markets, EC proposes gappropriate measureshcsufficient guarantee for no overcompensation; cf. EC also checked the public service obligations and considered them as a service of general interest.

cf.*2003-10-15@EC

*2003-12-10@EC

State aid: Commission approves Italian scheme to encourage combined transport – State Aid

*2003-12-10@EC

Commission authorises French and Italian aid to experimental rolling motorway service between Lyon and Turin – State Aid

*2003-12-10@EC

Commission launches probe for state aid to Spanish steel company SOLMED – State Aid

*2003-12-10@EC

Commission launches state aid probe into apparent VAT rebate in favour of Belgian firm UMICORE S.A. – State Aid

*2003-12-10@EC

Competition and Regulation in the Telecom Industry The way forward

Speech by Mario Monti European Commissioner for Competition Policy

ECTA Conference Brussels, Conrad Hotel 10 December 2003

hThe only type of regulation which can foster the development of self-sustaining competitive market conditions is the regulation which is solidly grounded on the same set of principles of which competition makes use.h (criticizing the debate between access-based and facilities-based competition); also mentioned the possible foreclosure activities by premium contents holders who fear the loss of the value of TV rights

*2003-12-10@EC

Il consumatore, operatore e beneficiario della politica comunitaria di concorrenza (it)

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

Giornata della Concorrenza, Rome, Italy, 09.12.2003

*2003-12-10@Oftel/Ofcom

Oftel's Internet and Broadband Brief

UK passes 3 million broadband connections milestone

*2003-12-10@DTI

Consent given for Northcliffefs proposed acquisition of certain newspapers of Independent News and Media

cf.*2003-10-21@DTI, CC

*2003-12-10@•¶‰»’¡ Newly added!

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*2003-12-09@EC

Air France and Alitalia propose competition remedies for their bilateral alliance

remedy plan – access to airport slots, allowing new entrants to frequent flyer programmes and so forth

*2003-12-09@EC

Declaration on the start of a dialogue on competition by the EU and China with link to press release

*2003-12-09@DTI Newly added!

Broadband content initiative receive resounding endorsement

including KPMGfs F/S of Broadband Content Pilots (with reference to the State Aid rules)

*2003-12-09@JFTC

Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‘æˆê‹»¤‚ɑ΂·‚éR”»ŠJŽnŒˆ’è‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-12-08@FCC

New Media Bureau Working Paper: "Empirical Aspects of Advertiser Preferences and Program Content of Network Television" pdf

by Keith S. Brown, Media Bureau, FCC and Roberto J. Cavazos, Department of Public Administration, Florida International University

*2003-12-08@FCC

Commissioner Abernathy Promotes Universal Access of Telecommunications at Global Meeting

News Release | Speech

*2003-12-08@EC

Article or Speech by Philip LOWE and Sven NORBERG: pdf

State Aids and Cohesion Policy

The co-operation between the national courts and the Commission in the application of EC competition rules

Objectives of State Aid Policy in the European Union and in the international context

Competition Law as a regulative factor in the globalised market economy

Applying EU Competition Law to the newly liberalised energy markets

Die Reform der EU-Fusionskontrolle - Die wichtigsten Neuerungen aus Sicht der EU-Kommission (de)

Aktuelle Fragen zur europäischen Fusionskontrolle unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Reformvorschlags der Kommission zur FkVO (de)

EU competition policy - the challenges ahead

Die Reform der Fusionskontrolle und des Kartellverfahrensrechts (de)

Die Wende in der europäischen Wettbewerbspolitik (de)

Is Competition policy working for European business?

The focus of DG Competition in 2003-2004

EU Competition Policy: Meeting the challenges

Latest developments of our competition policy

Closing Address

Views on how the current modernisation of the competition rules will affect multinational enterprises in Europe

The future shape of European merger control – brief summary of new ECMR

What's the future for Cartel enforcement

*2003-12-08@DTI, OFT

Hewitt accepts undertakings on Safeway mergers

The OFT has published its advice to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the undertakings for the proposed acquisitions of Safeway Plc

cf.*2003-09-26

*2003-12-08@JFTC

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*2003-12-05@EC

Commission clears GE's acquisition of Agfa's NDT business, subject to conditions

M.3136 - GE / AGFA NDT - Decision: Art. 6(2) (conditions&obligations)

*2003-12-05@EC

Commission launches infringement proceedings against nine Member States for not adopting new privacy rules for digital networks and services

*2003-12-05@EC Newly added!

Council Resolution of 24 November 2003 on the deposit of cinematographic works in the European Union, OJ C 295/5, 05.12.2003 pdf

*2003-12-05@Ofcom

Ed Richards, Senior Partner Strategy and Market Developments - Royal Television Society Dinner, 4 December 2003PSB review

Ofcomfs dual purposes – to serve the interests of both citizens and consumers

*2003-12-05@OFT

Following Wednesday's judgment of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in IBA v OFT, the OFT has today announced that it will look again at the proposed acquisition of Torex plc by iSOFT plc

cf. IBA Health Limited v Office of Fair Trading Case No: 1023/4/1/03 Final judgment – Enterprise Act 2002

CAT is not satisfied with the OFTfs assessment and adds, e..we imply no criticism of the OFT, who had no guidance to go on as to the proper limits of its role under the Act, as compared with that of the Commission. It is inevitable that, with a new regime, such issues of process need to be sorted out at an early stage.f

*2003-12-05@CC

Stena AB / P&O inquiry: Provisional findings report

cf.*2003-10-07, 11-28, 12-02

*2003-12-04@DOJ signs_s13.gif Newly added!

Speech: Telecommunications Competition

Presented at the Practicing Law Institute, 21st Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation by Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate

Antitrust and Industry Regulation Compared – Trinko, the Second Circuit applied gessential facilitiesh and gmonopoly leveragingh doctrines (DOJ and FTC jointly filed an amicus brief urging reversal)

cf.*2003-11-19

*2003-12-04@Ofcom

Spectrum Efficiency Scheme Spectrum Efficiency Scheme Research contracts – call for expressions of interest

*2003-12-04@‘–±È

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*2003-12-04@JFTC

“Œ“ú–{“dM“d˜bŠ”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚ɑ΂·‚銩“™‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

kŽ„“I“Ɛèlˆê’è‚ÌŽæˆø•ª–ìF“Œ“ú–{’n‹æ‚É‚¨‚¯‚éŒËŒš‚ďZ‘îŒü‚¯‚e‚s‚s‚gƒT[ƒrƒXA”rœF•ªŠò•ûŽ®‚̐ڑ±—¿‹àEƒ†[ƒU[—¿‹à‚ðÝ’肵‚‚Acü’¼Œ‹•ûŽ®‚ðŽg—p‚µ‚ăT[ƒrƒX”Ì”„|V‹KŽ–‹ÆŽÒ‚̑΍R—¿‹àÝ’荢“ï

*2003-12-03@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-208/01 Volkswagen / Commission

CFI finds that Commission did not prove any actual acquiescence by the dealers in Volkswagen's calls when they became aware of them (Commission decided that such proof was not necessary, since the dealers had, by signing a dealership agreement, tacitly acquiesced in such calls)

*2003-12-03@EC

State Aid: The Commission's plans for reform - Procedural Reform - The Significant Impact Test pdf - State Aid

Speech by Philip LOWE, British Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, Belgium, 01.12.2003

detailed explanation on Significant Impact Test following Montifs speech, introducing proportionality test into State Aid assessment *2003-12-02

*2003-12-03@OFT

OFT has referred the proposed acquisition by AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited of East Anglian Pharmaceuticals Limited to the Competition Commission

AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd and East Anglian Pharmaceuticals Ltd - Cancellation of merger reference *2003-12-23 CC Newly added!

*2003-12-03@OFT

The Office of the Rail Regulator has decided that English Welsh and Scottish Railway has not infringed the Competition Act by engaging in predatory pricing or selective discounting

*2003-12-02@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Requires Restructuring of Dyno Nobel and El Paso Corporation Deal

Divestiture of Ammonium Nitrate Assets Ensures Competitive Pricing in the Western United States

*2003-12-02@EC

New developments in State Aid Policy pdf - State Aid

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy, British Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, Belgium, 01.12.2003

future challenges of Commission; simplified procedures (not de minimis test)cSignificant Impact Test – LASA [the approach based on the Limited Amount of State Aid] / LET [the approach based on the Limited Effect on Trade] (a positive list), the review of the rescue and restructuring guidelines, approach for SGEI after Altmark Trans and Gemo (Commission will publish some new draft texts for consultation)cprocedural matter (Monti said only this was clarified the Altmark decision), substance matter (how to avoid possible over-compensation etc.), combined matter (possibility of exemption instrument)

*2003-12-02@EC signs_s13.gif

Rechtsschutz im Bereich grenzüberschreitender Medienzusammenschlüsse (de) pdf

(Legal Protection in the Field of Cross-Border Media Mergers)

Speech by Hanns Peter NEHL, Internationale Medienenquete 2003, Wien, Austria, 28.10.2003

cf. International Media Symposium 2003 pdf

*2003-12-02@CC

Stena/P&O Irish Sea routes - Competition Commission consults on remedies pdf

cf.*2003-10-07, 11-28

*2003-12-01@Ofcom/ITC signs_s13.gif 

ITC and Ofcom announce television airtime sales rules

Decision #1: gshare for ITVh deals lifted, #2: no further rules above the CRR remedy, #3: joint selling are under Chapter I of Competition Act, #4: conditional selling continues to be banned, #5: withholding airtime continues to be banned

cf.*2003-11-14,18@Carlton/Granada Merger

*2003-12-01@CPRC Newly added!

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November

 

Competition Policy Newsletter, Autumn 2003 pdf Newly added!

 

*2003-11-28@FCC

FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding "Interference Temperature" Approach For Interference Management.

NPRM pdf

*2003-11-28@EC

"The Central role of the Competitiveness Council as engine for Economic growth and prosperity in Europe"

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

Competitiveness Council press conference Brussels, 27 November 2003

*2003-11-28@CC

CC finds anti-competitive aspects to Stena/P&O Irish sea ferry routes

cf.*2003-10-07

*2003-11-27@EC signs_s13.gif 

Commission welcomes agreement on new Merger Regulation – for New ECMR

Results of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 27th November 2003 Newly added!

Takeover bids was approved by the Council, not supported by the European Commissioncopt-out clause is added

*2003-11-27@ECJ

Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-34/01 to C-38/01 Enirisorse – State Aid

Allocation of a proportion of port charges to an undertaking responsible for handling goods in ports constitutes State aid if it is not linked to public-service duties the costs of which have been clearly defined beforehand

*2003-11-27@EC

Report on the implementation of the Commission notice on the application of the state aid rules to measures relating to direct business taxation pdf

Report adopted, in principle, by the Commission on 26.11.2003

*2003-11-27@OFT

The London Stock Exchange has agreed to reduce its UK main market annual issuer fees following an investigation by the OFT

OFT investigated LSE under FSMA, which does not apply CA 1998 for Recognised Investment Exchange (RIE) = LSE

*2003-11-27@OFT

The OFT has published its decision on the completed acquisition by United Business Media of Aprovia UK Ltd

*2003-11-26@EC

Commission discusses amendments to EU Constitution

*2003-11-26@EC

Results of Council of Economics and Finance Ministers, Brussels, 25th November 2003 financial services and taxation

*2003-11-26@EC

Commission invites interested parties to submit comments on aid to Stora Enso's paper mills in Langerbrugge, Belgium – State Aid

*2003-11-26@EC

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 27th November 2003 Internal Market, Competition and Enterprise issues

*2003-11-26@EC

EU- WTO: European Commission proposes to put Doha Round of trade talks back on track

*2003-11-25@FCC

Report & Order on Third Generation ("3G") Rules Making 90 MHz of Spectrum Available for Broadband and Advanced Wireless Services Released

Report & Order

News Release (10/16/03)

*2003-11-25@EC

Company taxation: Commission reviews progress on removal of cross-border tax obstacles

Commission company tax strategy - frequently asked questions

*2003-11-25@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-278/01 Commission / Spain

For the second time the Court imposes a fine on a Member State for noncompliance with one of its judgments

cf.*2000-07-04 Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-387/97@Commission / Hellenic Republic [First case]

*2003-11-25@Ofcom/ITC

Ofcom and ITC announce appointment of adjudicator

cf.*2003-11-14,18@Carlton/Granada Merger

*2003-11-24@EC

Article or Speech by Philip LOWE: pdf

DG Competition's review of the policy on abuse of dominance

Convention on the Future of Europe

How different is EU anti-trust ? - A route map for advisors

The interaction between the Commission and Small Member States in Merger Review

Current issues of EU Competition Law - The new competition enforcement regime

Priorities of competition policy, contribution to Competitiveness and challenges from Enlargement

European competition rules : The new enforcement system for Articles 81 and 82 EC is soon to be reality

Facing new challenges for EU Competition Policy

Meeting the Challenge of Modernisation

Recent reforms and future projects for the enforcement of the EU anti-trust system

*2003-11-24@EC

"EU Policy for the Development of the European Telecoms Sector"

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

Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference; Morgan Stanley Barcelona, 21 November 2003

*2003-11-21@FTC

Issuance of Remarks by FTC's Policy Planning Director

Presented on November 20 at the Inaugural Symposium of the Competition Policy Research Center of the Japanese Fair Trade Commission in Tokyo

*2003-11-21@EC

Commission clears split of BEB's gas marketing business in Germany between ExxonMobil and Shell

*2003-11-21@DTI

Sutcliffee gives consent to newspaper transfers

cf.*2003-10-21@DTI, CC

*2003-11-20@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-126/01 GEMO – State Aid

conditions must be met all: granted through State resources, mitigates the charges which are normally included in the budget of an undertaking, selectivity, affects trade between Member States; In detail, financial cost involved in the disposal of animal carcasses and slaughterhouse waste must be considered to be an inherent cost of the economic activities of farmers and slaughterhouses - incompatible with Article 87(1) EC

*2003-11-20@Oftel

Oftel completes reassessment of Freeserve complaint over BTOpenworldfs 2002 broadband pricing

*2003-11-20@ITC

Multi-layered approach to broadcasting regulation

regulatory codes for radio and television

*2003-11-20@JFTC

Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐƒ„ƒ}ƒ_“d‹@‚ɑ΂·‚éŒx‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

•sŒö³‚ÈŽæˆø•û–@‘æ6€k•s“–—õ”„lFƒ|ƒCƒ“ƒgƒJ[ƒh•ª·ˆøŠz‚ªŽÀŽ¿“I‚ÈŽd“ü‰¿Ši‚ð‰º‰ñ‚Á‚Ä‚¢‚邱‚Æ‚©‚çA‹Ÿ‹‹‚É—v‚·‚é”ï—p‚𒘂µ‚­‰º‰ñ‚鉿Ši‚ÅŒp‘±‚µ‚Ĕ̔„‚µA“–ŠY“X•Ý‚ÌŽü•Ó’nˆæ‚ɏŠÝ‚·‚鏬”„‹ÆŽÒ‚ÌŽ–‹ÆŠˆ“®‚ð¢“ï‚É‚³‚¹‚邨‚»‚ꂪ‚ ‚é‚Æ”»’f

*2003-11-19@DOJ

Speech: Department of Justice Perspectives on International Antitrust Enforcement: Recent Legal Developments and Policy Implications

Presented at the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim

*2003-11-19@DOJ signs_s13.gif

Testimony: Saving the Savings Clause: Congressional Intent, the Trinko Case, and the Continued Application of the Antitrust Laws in the Telecom Sector - Statement of Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate before the Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives

 gThe antitrust savings clause in the 1996 Act makes clear that the antitrust laws continue to apply fully in telecommunications, and are in no way displaced by the 1996 Act's own requirements.h

*2003-11-19@EC signs_s13.gif Newly added!

Electronic communications market is picking up, says Commission report

9th Report on the Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package

*2003-11-19@Ofcom

Ofcom and the Radiocommunications Agency launch joint consultation on spectrum trading

Ofcom/RA Joint Consultation on Spectrum Trading

Summary

*2003-11-19@CC

Inquiry into acquisition of the home shopping and home delivery businesses of GUS plc by March UK Ltd: Statement of hypothetical remedies

cf.*2003-09-25 DTI (not on my site)

*2003-11-19@‘–±È

“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ•ª–ì‚Ì‹£‘ˆó‹µ‚Ì•]‰¿‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŠî–{•ûjv‹y‚сu“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ•ª–ì‚Ì‹£‘ˆó‹µ‚Ì•]‰¿‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚镽¬‚P‚T”N“xŽÀŽ{×–ځv‚ÌŒö•\

cf.*2003-10-07

*2003-11-18@DOJ, FTC

Speech: Reviewing Merger Enforcement at the Federal Antitrust Agencies

Presented at the 2003 Annual Fall Forum ABA Section of Antitrust Law by Assistant Attorney General R. Hewitt Pate

Press Release: Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Review Data from Past Merger Enforcement Cases - Marks First Time Agencies Will Formally Release Data Collected on Past Horizontal Merger Enforcement Efforts [DOJ]

*2003-11-18@EC

Company law: Commission proposes Directive on cross-border mergers

Commission proposal for a Directive on cross-border mergers - frequently asked questions

Related material: European Company Statute

each company taking part in a cross-border mergers would, under the Directive as proposed, do so in accordance with the laws of its own Members State (except in specific cross-border cases) including protection, employeefs rights and so forth

*2003-11-18@Oftel  

Wholesale International Services markets – Identification and analysis of market and Determination on market power pdf – EU Telecom Package

*2003-11-17@FTC

FTC Grants Rolls-Royce and Paccar, Inc. Exemption from Franchise Rule

*2003-11-17@EC

Commission probes Oracle's take over bid for PeopleSoft

The initial one-month investigation has shown that the combination of two of the largest competitors in the market merits further analysis especially as the number of key players would be reduced from three to two -- Oracle and SAP -- in certain applications software markets

*2003-11-17@EC

Market Abuse: Commission publishes working document on second set of implementing measures

*2003-11-14@EC

Draft Procedural Rules – State Aid

*2003-11-14@Oftel

The future regulation of access control services – consultation

How the Communications Act 2003 should be applied regarding access control servicescOftel proposes that the provider of access control services on the digital satellite platform (Sky Subscriber Services Limited) should be obliged to provide services on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

*2003-11-14@Oftel Newly added!

CW/653/07/03 - Provision of EPG services by BskyB

*2003-11-14,18 Carlton/Granada Merger signs_s13.gif Newly added!

Final Decision

DTI: Hewitt accepts undertakings from Carlton and Granada

She accepted undertakings from Carlton/Granada: abide by conditions to remedy the adverse effect on ITV Network, offer other ITV licensees the similar conditions as the past between them and Carlton or Granada for sales of commercial airtime, programme sponsorship and implement CRR remedy

Detail of Contracts Rights Renewal (CRR) remedy

ITC/Ofcom:

A basic summary of advertisers and buyersf rights under the ITV merger

Technical background guide to advertisers and buyersf rights under the CRR remedy

Advice

OFT: up on*2003-11-18

The OFT has published its advice following the report by the Competition Commission on the proposed merger of Carlton Communications Plc and Granada Plc

additional advice including OFTfs perspectives on opinions which are not incorporated into the undertaking raised by consultation – lock-in effect and so on

cf.*2003-10-07

Further Submission*2004-01-07

The OFT has published its advice to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the variation of undertakings regarding the proposed merger of Carlton Communications Plc and Granada Plc

*2003-11-13@DOJ Newly added!

U.S. v. Alcan Inc., et al.: Competitive Impact Statement

cf.*2003-09-29

*2003-11-13@FCC

FCC Task Force Reports on Spectrum Policy Reform Progress and Initiatives pdf

Presentation: "One Year Later"@Newly added!

*2003-11-13@FCC

FCC Begins Inquiry And Proposed Rulemaking Regarding "Interference Temperature" Approach For Interference Management pdf

*2003-11-13@EC

The relationship between CAP and competition policy: Does EU competition law apply to agriculture?

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

COGECA Conference Helsinki Fair Trade, Helsinki, Finland, 13.11.2003

*2003-11-12@EC

Commission creates European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas

*2003-11-11@EC

Commission gives its unconditional approval to the SEB/Moulinex merger in Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom

*2003-11-11@EC

Commission probes measures for professional sports clubs in Italy ('Salva calcio')State Aid

a newly introduced accounting system which allows special balance sheet for professional sports clubs [in this case Serie A] might breach Accounting Directives and it leads to the possibility that the advantage granted could be qualified as a special depreciation arrangement, prohibited as State Aid under the recognition that some of the activities performed by sports clubs clearly take place on international markets

*2003-11-11@EC

State aids: Commission approves aid to the Greek Post – State Aid

*2003-11-11@EC

State aids: Commission invites interested parties to submit comments on Rotterdam-Ruhr propylene pipeline project – State Aid

*2003-11-11@EC

Discriminatory charges on vessels: Commission presses ahead with proceedings against Finland

*2003-11-11@DTI

Proposed Newspaper Transfer: Northcliffe/certain titles of Independent News & Media

*2003-11-10@EC

US-STEEL: The inconsistency of the US steel safeguards with WTO rules is confirmed in appeal Joint Press statement by the EC, Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Brazil 10 November 2003

US Steel Safeguard Measures: Questions & Answers

*2003-11-07@DOJ

Comments: Comments On the Federal Reserve Bank's Interpretive and Compliance Guide to the Anti-Tying Restrictions of Section 106 of the Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970, Docket No. R-1159

*2003-11-07@FCC

FCC Awards $12 Million in Damages to Competitive Local Exchange Carrier Starpower for Violation of Interconnection Agreement by Verizon pdf

*2003-11-07@Oftel

Notification of Contravention of General Condition 1.2 under Section 94 of the Communications Act 2003 pdf

*2003-11-07@‘–±È

Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐƒPƒCEƒIƒvƒeƒBƒRƒ€‚Æ‘åãƒƒfƒBƒAƒ|[ƒgŠ”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚̍‡•¹‚Ì”F‰Â|‘æˆêŽí“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹ÆŽÒ‚½‚é–@l‚̍‡•¹|

*2003-11-07@JFTC

Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐƒ†ƒAƒTƒR[ƒ|ƒŒ[ƒVƒ‡ƒ“‹y‚Ñ“ú–{“d’rŠ”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚ÌŒo‰c“‡‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

•¡è‰ðÁ‚Ì‚½‚߂̑Ήžô|ƒRƒXƒgƒx[ƒX‚ł̈øŽóŒ i’·Šú“I‹Ÿ‹‹Œ j‚̐ݒuA•¨—¬ƒT[ƒrƒX‚Ì’ñ‹Ÿ

*2003-11-06@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-101/01 Lindqvist

Court rules for the first time on the scope of the Data Protection Directive and Freedom of Movement for such data on the Internet

*2003-11-06@EC

Recent developments in European air transport law and policy

Speech by Professor Mario Monti European Commissioner for Competition Policy

European Air Law Association 15th Annual Conference Brussels, 6 November 2003

*2003-11-06@Ofcom signs_s13.gif 

Ofcom Commences Full Review Of UK Public Service Broadcasting

*2003-11-06@OFT

OFT has published advice for local transport authorities to help them decide whether their schemes meet the competition test contained in the Transport Acts

*2003-11-05@FTC

Exploitation of Microsoft Windows gMessenger Serviceh Causes Consumer Concern

*2003-11-05@EC

Concurrence Economique et Réglementation Politique (fr)

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

Cercle Europartenaires, Paris, France, 04.10.2003

*2003-11-05@EC

Competition Policy and Liberal Professions

*2003-11-04@FCC

FCC Adopts Anti-Piracy Protection For Digital TV

News Release / Order

*2003-11-04@OFT Newly added!

An assessment of the impact on competition of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 has been launched by the OFT

*2003-11-03@OFT, Oftel

Director General of Telecommunications has decided that Vodafone's disconnection of Floe's services does not infringe the Competition Act

Competition Act investigation into disconnection of Floe Telecom limited's services by Vodafone limited

 

October

 

*2003-10@EC signs_s13.gif Useful!

Compilation of Commission Decisions, October 2003 pdf

*2003-10-31@JFTC

Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‘æˆê‹»¤‚ɑ΂·‚銩‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

k‹£‘ˆŽÒ‚ɑ΂·‚éŽæˆø–WŠQl

*2003-10-31@EC

Comments and concluding remarks pdf

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy, European Commission, DG Competition

Conference on the "Regulation of Professional Services, Brussels, Belgium, 28.10.2003

*2003-10-31@EC

Commission ends monitoring of FIA/Formula One compliance with 2001 settlement

COMP/38.374 - PO/FIA+FOA Monitoring (voir affaires 36638+35163) - Publicity: Press release – other

bidding for the free-to-air TV rights, reducing the duration of the contracts

*2003-10-30@DOJ Newly added!

U.S. v. GE and Instrumentarium: Competitive Impact Statement

cf.*2003-09-16

*2003-10-30@FCC

Chairman Powell's Prepared Testimony on Universal Service to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation pdf

*2003-10-30@ITC/Ofcom

ITC/Ofcom update TV Airtime Sales Consultation

cf.*2003-10-07

*2003-10-30@OFT

BBC has, for the third consecutive year, missed the statutory target to ensure that at least 25 per cent of 'qualifying programmes' shown on BBC1 and BBC2 are independent productions

the last OFT report (next will be by the Ofcom)

*2003-10-29@EC

Latest EU Scoreboard on State aid less than half the Member States resort to rescue and restructuring aid

*2003-10-29@EC

Probe into State aid schemes for publishing industry in Italy

*2003-10-29@OFT

Economics for consumer policy

The British Academy Keynes Lecture

by John Vickers, Chairman, Office of Fair Trading

*2003-10-29@‘–±È

•ú‘—‹Ç“™‚̍ĖƋ–@[–Æ‹–ðŒ•t‹L]

*2003-10-28@FCC Newly added!

Court Upholds Key Component of Powell Digital Transition Plan pdf

*2003-10-28@JFTC

“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@Œ¤‹†‰ï•ñ‘‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä

V•·”­•\•¶ / –ÚŽŸ“™ / ‘[’u‘ÌŒn•ñ‘‚P / ‘[’u‘ÌŒn•ñ‘‚Q / ‘[’u‘ÌŒn•ñ‘‚R / “Ɛè‰Çè•ñ‘ / •ñ‘•ÊŽ†

*2003-10-28@EC

Intervening against Government restraints on Competition : Reflections from the EU expertise

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

Lewis Bernstein Memorial Lecture Department of Justice, Washington DC, USA, 27.10.2003

*2003-10-28@BBC

BBC and Microsoft sign Digital Curriculum contract

cf.*2003-10-01

*2003-10-27,30@FTC signs_s13.gif  

FTC to Host Media Roundtable to Discuss Intellectual Property Report

FTC Chairman Explains That Innovation Requires a Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy

To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy

A Report by the Federal Trade Commission, October 2003

Executive Summary / Report

the first of two reports that stem from hearings convened in February 2002 by FTC and DOJ; Muris says FTC will take to increase communication between antitrust agencies and patent institutions by amicus briefs in important patent cases that can affect competition and will ask the PTO director to reexamine questionable patents that raise competitive concerns when a substantial new question of patentability exists

*2003-10-27@OFT signs_s13.gif  

The OFT is seeking views on a draft of the Carlton and Granada merger undertakings that it has been asked to negotiate

draft remedy plan – Contracts Rights Renewal Adjudication Rules (the CRRA rules)

cf.*2003-10-07 Carlton/Granada Merger

*2003-10-27@Ofcom 

Criteria for transferring functions to co-regulatory bodies – public consultation

*2003-10-27@Ofcom 

Ofcom launches consultation on future regulation of broadcast advertising – public consultation

*2003-10-24@FTC signs_s13.gif

FTC Chairman Discusses Importance of Attacking Public Restraints on Competition

State Intervention/State Action – A. U.S. Perspective

*2003-10-24@EC

EU competition policy after May 2004

Speech by Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner for competition policy

Fordham Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy New York, 24 October 2003

*2003-10-24@OFT

The OFT has published the full text of its decision regarding the anticipated acquisition by Guardian Media Group of Trader Media Group

*2003-10-24@JFTC

ƒˆƒlƒbƒNƒXŠ”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚ɑ΂·‚銩‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-10-23@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-65/98 Van den Bergh Foods / Commission

Full Text

the supply of freezer cabinets to retailers, on the condition that they were not used for third party products, is incompatible with Articles 81 and 82 EC Treaty

*2003-10-23@CFI

Opinion of Advocate General Tizzano C-240/02 ASEMPRE and Others

scope of postal services Directive [defines the area reserved to universal service provider]: news services do not form the universal service by eself-provisionf (recital 21) – even when this disturbs universal service provider; the transfer of money – not included

*2003-10-23@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in C-245/01 RTL Television

the definition of efilm made for televisionf under Television Without Frontiers Directive [Advertising breaks in audiovisual works] – even if films produced for television form the outset and provided with breaks for advertising spots; its conditions – must relates to the content e.g. the development of the same story from one episode to another or the reappearance of one or more characters in different episodes

*2003-10-23@EC

Cross-border mail charges between 17 European postal operators cleared until 2006 – REIMS II

COMP/38.170 - REIMS II RENEWAL (DP+LA POSTE+DE POST+14) - Publicity: Press release - decision

*2003-10-23@EC

Commission refers examination of BAT/ETI tobacco merger to the Italian competition authority

*2003-10-23@CC signs_s13.gif

Dominant Firm Behaviour under UK Competition Law pdf

Paper presented to the Fordham Corporate Law Institute by Sir Derek Morris

Press Release: UK now has world class competition regime says Competition Commission Chairman

history of competition regime in UK and its background economic theories

*2003-10-22@EC

Scope and duration of media rights agreements: balancing contractual rights and competition law concerns pdf

Speech by Miguel MENDES PEREIRA

IBC - 8th Annual Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 10.10.2003

*2003-10-22@EC

A dynamic economy and a sound Constitution for the European Union

Speech by Romano Prodi President of the European Commission

European Parliament - Plenary session Strasbourg, 22 October 2003

*2003-10-21@CFI

Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-368/00 General Motors Nederland et Opel Nederland / Commission – Fine

The Court of First Instance essentially confirms the Commission's decision concerning the existence of an obstacle to free competition Newly added!

CFI essentially confirms the Commission's decision. It considers, however, that the Commission has not succeeded in establishing the existence of a restrictive supply measure, limiting supplies by reference to existing sales objectives. The amount of the fine has therefore been reduced to EUR 35 475 000.

*2003-10-21@EC

Competition Policy: Commercial And Consumer Paybacks - The European Dimension pdf

Speech by Jürgen MENSCHING

The International Institute of communications, 34th Annual Conference. In association with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, UK, 30.09.2003

*2003-10-21@EC

Sport et télévision : Exclusivité et concurrence (fr) pdf

Speech by Jürgen MENSCHING

Rendez-Vous International du Sport et de la Télévision, Monaco, 17.09.2003

*2003-10-21@EC

Commission asks France to take new measures to reduce the budget deficit in 2004

*2003-10-21@DTI, CC

Commission decision on Newsquest (London) Limited

Newsquest (London) Limited and Independent News & Media PLC - Report Published

Transfer 10 of the 23 titles may be expected to reduce competition (FTA 1973 requires Commission to pay attention to the need for accurate presentation of news and free expression of opinion)

*2003-10-20@EC

Challenges in the field of sport in the enlarged EU Conference

Speech by Viviane REDING Commissioner responsible for Education and Culture

« European Union and Sport » Budapest 20 October 2003

Dealing with sports from various perspectives --- not just rely on competition policy

*2003-10-20@EC

Commission supports Sesame Street Stories in the Middle East

*2003-10-20@EC

Public procurement: Commission acts against Ireland, Italy and Germany; closes infringement cases against Greece and Luxembourg

*2003-10-20@EC

Company taxation: Commission proposes improvements to Mergers Directive

*2003-10-20@OFT

Ivax's aquisition of 3M Companyfs distribution business for certain asthma products will be referred to the Competition Commission unless Ivax gives suitable undertakings

*2003-10-17@DOJ

Justice Department Clears Way for Cable Television Joint Purchasing Consortium

Press Release / Business Review

NCTCfs modified rule – not anticompetitive (its principal purpose is to gain efficiencies for its members by the joint purchasing of cable network programming)

*2003-10-16/17@European Council

Presidency Conclusions Brussels European Council 16/17 October 2003

Related materials

*2003-10-16@FCC

FCC Adopts Third Generation ("3G") Rules Making 90 MHz of Spectrum Available for Broadband and Advanced Wireless Services pdf

FCC Opens 70, 80, and 90 GHz Spectrum Bands for Deployment of Broadband "Millimeter Wave" Technologies pdf

*2003-10-16@FCC

FCC Modifies High-Cost Support Mechanism But Maintains Current Support Levels pdf

refinement of universal service program

*2003-10-16@EC

37.685 - Georg / Ferrovie Decision and Commitments – official text published

Related Press Releases:

*2003-08-28 Commission acts to break the stranglehold of state railways on international passenger services

*2001-07-05 Commission warns Ferrovie dello Stato it must grant access to Italy's railway market

*2003-10-16@Ofcom

Note of the Twelfth Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held on 23 September 2003

*2003-10-16@Ofcom

Agenda for an interim Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held on 14 October 2003

*2003-10-15@EC signs_s13.gif 

Commission decides on public TV financing in Italy and PortugalState Aid (Communication on the application of State Aid rules to public service broadcasting)

Both cases are compatible with Article 86(2) – compensation is not beyond the net (additional) cost of public service broadcasting: at the same time, DG Comp sent Italy, Portugal and Spain letters stating that its preliminary view on how financing of public TV can be made more transparent and how sufficient safeguards against excessive public subsidies - that enable cross-subsidisation of commercial activities - can be introduced (gappropriate measuresh)

Initial Proceedings:

*2001-11-13 Commission opens investigation on ad-hoc aid granted to the Portuguese public broadcaster RTP - Portugal

*1999-07-20 Commission opens formal procedure regarding certain aid measures for public broadcaster RAI (Italy) and raises no objections to other measuresItaly

*1999-02-03 Commission enjoins the Spanish government to submit information on the existing nature of the financing scheme of the public broadcaster RTVE and of the Regional public channels - Spain

*1999-02-03 The Commission enjoins the French, Italian and Spanish governments to submit information on the existing nature of the financing schemes of their respective public broadcasters – seeking the common approach for gdualh financing systems to finance public broadcaster

related document:

Address by Marcelino Oreja, Member of the European Commission to the Spanish Parliamentary Subcommittee on the RTVE (Spanish Broadcasting Corporation), Madrid, 11 December 1998 – funding of public broadcasting, problem of mixed funding

*2003-10-15@EC

Probe on modified aid package in favour of Alstom – State Aid

Invitation to tender for the provision of services in relation to the State aid aspects of the restructuring of Alstom

*2003-10-15@EC

Commercialising sport: Understanding the TV Rights debate pdf

Speech by Herbert UNGERER, FKG Sports Consulting, Barcelona, Spain, 02.10.2003

current issues: 1) joint selling (or purchasing); 2) excessive duration or scope of exclusivity, and related vertical foreclosure effects; 3) embargoes and holdbacks of New Media rights, and checklist from Champions League case: 1) An open tender; 2) An unbundling of the offer to allow more than a single buyer; 3) No excessive exclusivity (three yearsf limit), 4) No automatic renewal (disguised exclusivity)

*2003-10-15@EC

Consultation on the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) Work Programme

*2003-10-15@ITC

Less regulation and fewer targets

*2003-10-14@EC

"A more innovative, entrepreneurial Europe"

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

Opening address at the XI Congress of Eurochambres Rome, 9 October 2003

*2003-10-13@EC

Les grands chantiers de la politique européenne de concurrence (fr) pdf

Speech by Philip LOWE, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Les mardis du droit européen de la concurrence, Brussels, Belgium, 07.10.2003

*2003-10-13@EC

Die Durchsetzung der EG-Wettbewerbsregeln im Recht der freien Berufe (de) pdf

Speech by Philip LOWE, Sitzung des Arbeitskreises Kartellrecht (Bundeskartellamt, Stand und Perspektiven der 7. GWB-Novelle, Bonn, Germany, 29.09.2003

*2003-10-13@Ofcom

Ofcom and the ITC seek Adjudicator for television advertising sales market – Carlton/Granada Merger

Independent Adjudicator

*2003-10-13@ITC

Channel 3(ITV) networking arrangements 2002

*2003-10-10@‘–±È

Žü”g”‚̍ĕҕûj‚ÌŒö•\

*2003-10-09@FCC Newly added!

FCC Eases Digital TV Transition for Consumers

Order released / News Release / Fact Sheet

*2003-10-09@FCC

Commissioner Copps Release: FCC Policies That Damaged Media Now Threatening Internet pdf

cf. News Release

Caution for Bottleneck control

*2003-10-09@European Parliament signs_s13.gif

EC Merger Regulation – Vote

a non-binding resolution: denied eone or more undertakings shall be deemed to be in a dominant positionf – a new Article 2(2) because of a broadening the concept of dominance, denied of eclosely connectedcjustifies their treatment as a single transactionf – a new Article 3(4), requested the change of procedure of ecross-border effectsf – a new Article 4(4)(5) because of lack of an objective benchmark, limited a proposed new investigatory powers in line with Regulation 1/2003cand so on

*2003-10-09@EC

Competition Policy of the European Commission: In the Interest of Consumers? pdf

Speech by Sven NORBERG

The Leuven Center for a common law of Europe, Leuven, Belgium, 20.06.2003

*2003-10-09@EC

European Commission welcomes Council agreement against unfair competition from subsidised third country airlines

*2003-10-09@Ofcom

The Communications Act: Myths and Realities

Stephen Carter, Chief Executive, Ofcom

Speech to media and legal practitioners, Thursday 9 October 2003

*2003-10-08@EC  

Electronic Communications: European Commission launches infringement proceedings against eight Member States – EU Telecom Package

*2003-10-08@EC

Commission proceeds with excessive deficit procedure for France

*2003-10-08@JFTC

ƒgƒGƒ“ƒeƒB[ƒXƒZƒ“ƒ`ƒ…ƒŠ[ƒtƒHƒbƒNƒXƒWƒƒƒpƒ“CƒCƒ“ƒR[ƒ|ƒŒ[ƒeƒbƒh‚ɑ΂·‚銩‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-10-07@FCC

The Development of Secondary Markets / Report & Order – spectrum trading

*2003-10-07@FCC

FCC Releases Staff Report on Broadband Internet Access in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) Countries pdf

*2003-10-07@EC

VAT: Commission welcomes Council adoption of rules for gas and electricity supplies

*2003-10-07@Carlton/Granada Merger signs_s13.gif 

Report, advice, decision

DTI: Patricia Hewitt accepts Competition Commissionfs findings on Carlton / Granada merger

She accepted the conclusions of the Competition Commission and the advice of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and decided that undertakings to remedy the adverse effects must be put in place before the merger can go ahead. She asked the OFT, in concert with the ITC and Ofcom, to seek to obtain by 7 November 2003 undertakings from Carlton and Granada to implement a package of behavioural remedies recommended by the majority(4-1) of the Competition Commission panel.

OFT has published its advice to DTI on the Competition Commission report on the proposed merger of Carlton Communications PLC and Granada PLC

This merger was considered under the Fair Trading Act, but gin the spirit of the Enterprise Act 2002h, advise acceptance of CC recommendations

CC published report on the proposed merger: Carlton Communications Plc and Granada plc

cf. Carlton / Granada get go-ahead for merger (following the DTIfs decision)

two adverse effects found: (i) ITV networking arrangements (ii) the sale of advertising airtime / remedies: (i) a package of safeguards proposed by the ITC (ii) CRR (Contract rights renewal) remedy and place an independent adjudicator for ensuring the remedy

for a package of behavioural remedies

ITC site: ITC/Ofcom joint briefing - ITV merger announcement

In the light of the Secretary of State's decision, the ITC and Ofcom will today begin a review of the ITC's Airtime Sales Rules, which apply to all UK commercial television broadcasters on terrestrial channels, satellite and cable

Ofcom site: ITC/Ofcom joint consultation on Advertising Sales Arrangements cf. Technical summary of Contracts Rights Renewal remedy

related press release

Statement by Carlton and Granada

BBC statement in response to the ITV merger

*2003-10-07@CC

Stena / P&O Merger Inquiry: Statement of issues

*2003-10-07@‘–±È

u“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ•ª–ì‚Ì‹£‘ˆó‹µ‚Ì•]‰¿‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŠî–{•ûjiˆÄjv‹y‚сu“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ•ª–ì‚Ì‹£‘ˆó‹µ‚Ì•]‰¿‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚镽¬‚P‚T”N“xŽÀŽ{×–ځiˆÄjv‚ɑ΂·‚éˆÓŒ©•åW

*2003-10-06@FCC, U.S. 9th Circuit Court

Statement of FCC Chairman Michael Powell On 9th Circuit Cable Modem Decision pdf

Brand X Internet Ser. v. FCC pdf

followed City of Portland casectransmission element of cable broadband service constitutes gtelecommunications serviceh

cf.*2002-03-14 FCC Classifies Cable Modem Service as gInformation Serviceh

*2003-10-06@EC

Quo Vadis? Striking the balance on industrial property rights

Speech by Frits Bolkestein European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Conference on Industrial Property Rights Ischia, 6th October 2003

about controversial patent regulation

*2003-10-06@EC

Applying EU Competition Law to the newly liberalised energy markets

Speech by Prof. Mario Monti European Commissioner for Competition Policy, World Forum on Energy Regulation Rome, 06 October 2003

*2003-10-06@EC

Commission reaches breakthrough with Gazprom and ENI on territorial restriction clauses

support the measures allowing third parties to access the pipline

*2003-10-06@BBC, BSC, ITC

Viewers support watershed in digital age - Joint press release from BBC, BSC and ITC

ITCfs News Release – including related materials

*2003-10-04@EU

Launch of the Intergovernmental Conference Future of the Union

Extraordinary Summit for the opening of the IGC (Rome, 4 October) - The Heads of State and Government meet to provide Europe with a Constitution

*2003-10-02@ECJ

Opinion C-418/01 IMS Health

AG opinions that it is not necessary that the downstream products are sold independently by the company that has control over them

cf.*2002-10-04 EC Commission closes certain proceedings against IMS Health

Another ongoing competition proceeding against IMS, which concerns its refusal to licence a copyright it holds over a structure for the ordering of regional pharmaceutical sales data in Germany

*2003-10-02@ITC

ITC agrees to regular time for ITV Late Evening News

*2003-10-01@EC

The Commission invites all interested parties to send their comments on the "Modernisation Package"

Commission launches consultation on draft texts to complete reform of antitrust procedures Newly added!

*2003-10-01@BBC

BBC Digital Curriculum clear for launch

N 37 /2003 - BBC Digital Curriculum - closing formal proceedings – positive

Article 87(1)‚É‚¨‚¯‚éstate aidŠY“–‚ð”»’f‚µifAltmarkfƒeƒXƒgjA‘R‚éŒãAArticle 86(2)‚Åexemption‚Æ‚¢‚¤ƒpƒ^[ƒ“

 

September

 

*2003-09-30@BkartA Newly added!

Competition experts discuss exemption areas under competition law

*2003-09-30@EC

Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Public Service Broadcasting - Panel Contribution@pdf

Speech by Herbert UNGERER

Conference on Public Service Broadcasting, International Press Institute and Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation, Bucharest, Romania, 19.09.2003

comprising four parts: dual structure of broadcasting, legal framework (including the prospected changes by the Constitution), rules for public broadcasting, outlook for convergence – regulation should not separate sectors and technologies in a rigid manner but will have to depend more on a dynamic assessment of actual audience and market power

cf. He also referred to the on-going discussion on Eurovision ruling with EBU

*2003-09-30@EC

New rules for car sales and servicing

*2003-09-30@CFI

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case T-203/01 Michelin / Commission

A company in a dominant position, which operates a system of loyalty rebates and bonuses for its dealers, thereby strengthens its position to the detriment of other operators and thus impedes normal competition [CFI admits economic justification e.g. economics of scale passed on to customer, but Michelin did not gave it]

*2003-09-30@CFI

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case T-158/00 ARD v Commission

Appeal against Case COMP/JV.37

ARD failed to demonstrate that the Commission committed any manifest errors in law, fact or procedure

*2003-09-30@CFI

Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases T-346/02 and T-347/02 Cableuropa e.a. / Commission

Appeal against Case COMP/M.2845Direct Actions

CFI concluded that there were no grounds for finding that the Commission had erred in either its assessment of the case, the application of Article 9 or the exercise of its discretion

*2003-09-29@EC, DOJ

Commission clears Alcan takeover bid for Pechiney, subject to conditions

M.3225 - ALCAN / PECHINEY (II) - Decision: Art. 6(2) (conditions&obligations)

Press Release: Department of Justice Will Require a Divestiture if Alcan Inc. Completes its Pending Tender Offer for Pechiney S.A

*2003-09-29@EC

"Information and Communications technologies for Safe and Intelligent Vehicles"

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

Press Conference Brussels, 29 September 2003

cf. eEuorpe 2005

*2003-09-29@EC

Loyola de Palacio souligne l'importance d'un marché unique de l'énergie pour garantir l'approvisionnement de l'UE

related to the recent Italian blackout, confirm the liberalisation policy with sufficient focus on infrastructure

*2003-09-26@EC

Interview with Philip Lowe - Article by Philip LOWE, Europolitix, an Internet publication on EU affairs, Web Newscaster, 25.09.2003

*2003-09-26@EC

Commissioner Solbes comments on France's 2004 budget

*2003-09-26@DTI, CC, OFT

Patrcia Hewitt Accepts Competition Commissionfs Conclusion in Safeway Mergers Inquiries

Safeway plc and Asda Group Limited (owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc); Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC; J Sainsbury plc; and Tesco plc: A report on the mergers in contemplation

cf. The OFT has published its advice to the Competition Commission regarding the proposed acquisitions of Safeway

Mrs Hewitt accepted the recommendation by CC and asked OFT to negotiate with Morrisons in relation to divestments and with Asda et al in relation to prohibition

*2003-09-25@“Œ‹ž‚Ù

•½¬‚P‚T”Niƒlj‘æ‚P‚P‚O‚V†@’˜ìŒ Šm”F“™¿‹T‘iŽ–Œ

w”­ˆÓxuÅ‰‚É‚»‚̉f‰æ‚ðŽ©‚çŠé‰æA—§ˆÄ‚µ‚½ê‡‚ÉŒÀ‚ç‚ê‚é‚Æ‰ð‚·‚×‚«——R‚Í‚È‚­A‘¼l‚©‚ç‚Ì“­‚«‚©‚¯‚ðŽó‚¯‚Đ»ìˆÓŽv‚ð—L‚·‚é‚ÉŽŠ‚Á‚½ê‡‚à‚±‚ê‚ÉŠÜ‚Ü‚ê‚é‚Æ‰ð‚·‚é‚Ì‚ª‘Š“–vAwÓ”Cxu‚»‚̐»ìŽ©‘̂ɂ‚¢‚Ä‚Ì–@—¥ã‚ÌŒ —˜‹`–±‚ÌŽå‘Ì‚Å‚ ‚é‚Æ”F‚ß‚ç‚ê‚é‚©”Û‚©C»ìŽ©‘̂ɂ‚¢‚Ä‚Ì–@—¥ã‚ÌŒ —˜‹`–±‚ÌŽå‘Ì‚Å‚ ‚邱‚Æ‚Ì”½‰f‚Æ‚µ‚āC»ìŽ©‘̂ɂ‚«ŒoÏ“I‚ÈŽû“üEŽxo‚ÌŽå‘Ì‚Æ‚à‚È‚éŽÒ‚Å‚ ‚é‚Æ”F‚ß‚ç‚ê‚é‚©”Û‚©‚É‚æ‚Á‚ÄŒˆ‚¹‚ç‚ê‚é‚ׂ«v

*2003-09-25@JFTC

"Toward the new design of competitions policies in Japan" pdf

Speech by Kazuhiko Takeshima, the Chairman of the JFTC before the American Bar Association

cf. Japanese edition

*2003-09-25@EC 

Public consultation on a draft new block exemption regulation and draft guidelines on the application of Article 81 to technology transfer agreements

Regulation / Guideline

Commission proposes new safe harbour for the licensing of patents and know how Newly added!

*2003-09-25@EC 

Investment services: Commission welcomes European Parliament backing for proposed Directive – Internal Market

*2003-09-25@European Ombudsman 

Don't sideline citizens in the Constitution, says Ombudsman – EU Constitution

*2003-09-25@Ofcom 

Spectrum Trading - On Monday 22 September 2003, Ofcom and the Radiocommunications Agency (RA) hosted an informal workshop to discuss potential approaches to the implementation of spectrum trading

it will lead to a formal consultation paper on the introduction of spectrum trading, expected to be published in November

*2003-09-25@CC 

Stena AB / P&O acquisition inquiry: Disclosure of Interest

cf.*2003-08-22@OFT

*2003-09-24@United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

The US Security, et al. vs. Federal Trade Commission Order

The US Security, et al. vs. Federal Trade Commission Judgment

cf. FTC

FTC Files Motion to Stay Pending Appeal in Oklahoma DNC Ruling

Statement of FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris

cf. FCC

Statement of Chairman Powell on Do Not Call List Court Decision pdf

Statement of Chairman Powell on 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Lifting Stay of Do-Not-Call Registry pdf Newly added! *2003-10-07

*2003-09-24@Ofcom 

Note of the Eleventh Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held at Riverside House, London, 2 September 2003

*2003-09-23@FTC signs_s13.gif

FTC Staff Report Recommends Clarifications Of the Antitrust State Action Doctrine

Report of State Action Task Force Calls for More Rigorous Application of the gClear Articulationh and gActive Supervisionh Requirements – State Action Doctrine (first articulated by the Supreme Court in Parker v. Brown, emerged in response to efforts to apply antitrust rules to the activities of state governments, and is rooted in the notion that Congress passed the Sherman Act to protect competition, not to limit the sovereign regulatory power of the states)

*2003-09-23@FTC

AOL and Compuserve Settle FTC Charges of Unfair Practices

*2003-09-23@EC

La Concurrence Déclaration de M. Monti sur Alstom (fr)

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy, European Commission, Salle de Presse, Breydel, Brussels, 22.09.2003

agreement reached by the French governmentfs decision that it no longer takes a direct stake

*2003-09-23@EC

Invitation to tender for the performance of a study in relation to the updating of the reference rates of interest applied in State aid control in the EUState Aid

*2003-09-23@EC

Results of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 22nd September 2003

cf. *2003-09-19 EC

 the Council invited the Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives (COREPER) to examine pending questions in order to be in a position of reaching a political agreement on the draft Regulation and on the modification of the European Patent Convention at its November meeting

*2003-09-23@Ofcom

Agenda for the twelth meeting of Ofcom Board to be held at Riverside House on 23 September 2003 at 2pm

*2003-09-22@FCC

FCC Grants Conditioned Approval of Univision/HBC Merger

News Release / Order

suspended new ownership will order divestment when resumed, maintaining language diversity was stressed by Commissioners

*2003-09-22@EC

Digital broadcasting and switchover

the Communications sets the guideline for switchover in a consumer-friendly fashion and also starts the debate on how to make best use of the radio spectrum made available after analogue broadcasting is switched off

*2003-09-22@EC  

Electronic Communications: The New Radio Spectrum Policy Group agrees work programme to meet challenges ahead – EU Telecom Package

The Group agreed to issue in 2004 Opinions on the secondary trading of rights to use radio spectrum, on the spectrum implications of the switchover to digital broadcasting and so forth

*2003-09-22@Ofcom – Consultations

How will Ofcom consult?

Planned consultations

Including spectrum trading, spectrum pricing, EPGs and so on

Current consultations

Including the Ofcom Review of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) Television – (1) current position / (2) prospects for the future / (3) proposals/recommendations

*2003-09-22@Ofcom

Stephen Carter - Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Friday 19 September 2003

explains the significance of PSB Review

*2003-09-19@EC

Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 22nd September 2003

Community Patent Regulation

*2003-09-19@EC

Internal Market: further deterioration in Member States' implementation of rules – Internal Market

*2003-09-18@ECJ

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-168/01 Bosal Holding BV v Staatssecretaris van Financien - Freedom to provide services

Dutch tax provision which place parent companies with subsidiaries in other Member States at a disadvantage are incompatible with Community law

*2003-09-18@DCMS Newly added!

Speech by Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport to the Royal Television Society biennial convention, 18 September 2003

Communications Act, Digital Switchover and Charter Review

*2003-09-18@DCMS Newly added!

Tessa Jowell appoints Terry Burns to advise on BBC Charter Review

schedule: publication of draft questions about the BBC and its future by year-end, public and industry consultation, the publication of a Green Paper around the turn of 2004-2005, further consultation and publication of White Paper [recommendations] for Parliament and the public

*2003-09-17@EC signs_s13.gif 

Commission adopts opinion on the European Constitution – EU Constitution

Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Speaking points Commission opinion for the IGC Press conference Brussels, 17th September 2003

Communication from the Commission: "A Constitution for the Union", Opinion of the Commission, pursuant to Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union, on the Conference of representatives of the Member Statesf governments convened to revise the Treaties, 17 September 2003 pdf

Q and A: Opinion of the Commission on the draft European Constitution

Commissionfs proposal for IGC starting on 4th October; one Member of the Commission per Member State, each with the same rights and obligations, and maintaining collegial nature of the Commission, reducing unanimous voting in the Council and so forth

*2003-09-17@EC

Enquête approfondie et dernière chance pour la France avant de faire face à une injonction de suspension dans le cas Alstom (fr.)

Detailed investigation and last chance for France before it faces a suspension order in the Alstom case (en.) Newly added!

Investigation seeking for the last chance to deal with France

*2003-09-17@EC

Commission clears Vodafone acquisition of Singlepoint and Corporate 4U

*2003-09-17@EC

Formal investigation into extension of Italian Law on investment credits – State Aid

*2003-09-16@DOJ

Press Release: Justice Department Requires Divestitures in General Electric's Acquisition of Instrumentarium

Related documents released on DOJ site Newly added!

Settlement Preserves Competition in the Sale of Critical Care Monitors and C-Arms

DOJ considered that the original proposal would lessen competition in the sale of monitors used for patients requiring critical care and mobile C-arms used for basic surgical and vascular procedures *cf. 2003-09-02 EC same transaction

*2003-09-16@FCC

Statement by Chairman Powell Issued Following Senate Passage of S.J. Res. 17 pdf

cf. Bill Summary and Status – US Senate page

*2003-09-15@FCC

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking To Review Telephone Unbundled Network Element Pricing Rules Released pdf

based on the recognition enow that competition has taken root in many areas of the countryf, seeking the facilities-based competition by re-confirming the intended pricing signal,simplifying the rules and so forth

*2003-09-15@FCC

FCC Releases Staff Working Paper Addressing Issues Related to TELRIC Pricing Rules – OSP Working Paper No.40 pdf

titled eDynamic Pricing and Investment from Static Proxy Modelsf: addresses some issues by critics of TELRIC, suggests some implications for TELRIC

*2003-09-14@Swedish Government

Sweden says no to the euro

cf. *2003-09-15 EC Commission statement on the Swedish referendum

*2003-09-12@EC

"Minors and media : towards a more effective protection"

Speech of Mrs Viviane REDING

Workshop of scientists in the field of the protection of minors on media violence, self-regulation and media literacy, Brussels, 10 September 2003

Related Press Release

*2003-09-12@Oftel Newly added!

Investigation of complaints about BT's IPStream Price Reductions pdf

cf. *2003-09-04 Oftel

Allegation of margin squeeze between BTfs IPStream products and ATM Interconnection

*2003-09-12@OFT

OFT welcomes Home Office move on investigatory powers

*2003-09-11@NCTA

NCTA Calls on FCC to Declare the Multichannel Video Marketplace "Fully Competitive" pdf

US Cable Industryfs assessment on competition in MVPD (Market for the Delivery of Video Programming)

*2003-09-11@EC  

Wettbewerb in der Telekommunikation: Brauchen wir die ex-ante-Regulierung noch? - Zeitschrift für Wettbewerbsrecht (ZWeR) 2003, S. 283 (de) pdf

Article by Robert KLOTZ, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des RWS-Verlages Kommunikationsforum, Köln (Cologne), Germany, 11.09.2003

*2003-09-10@‘–±È

•½¬14”N“x‚̈ê”Ê•ú‘—Ž–‹ÆŽÒ‹y‚Ñ—LüƒeƒŒƒrƒWƒ‡ƒ“•ú‘—Ž–‹ÆŽÒ‚ÌŽûŽxó‹µiî•ñ’ʐM­ô‹Çj

*2003-09-10@FCC

FCC Eases Digital TV Transition for Consumers pdf

cf. Fact Sheet : Compatibility of Cable TV and Digital TV Receivers - gPlug-and-Playh

cf. NCTAfs comment

*2003-09-10@FCC

Commission To Review Telephone Unbundled Network Element Pricing Rules pdf

NPRM: reaffirm forward-looking cost methodology to determine UNE pricing, more appropriate economic signals to promote efficient facilities investment, simplift the UNE costing methodology for state commissions

*2003-09-10@Oftel  

Explanatory statement on continuing licence conditions after 25 July pdf - EU Telecom Package

cf. *2003-07-03 Oftel

*2003-09-09@Oftel

Review of competition: broadcasting transmission services – A consultation issued by the Director General of Telecommunication (Closing date for comments: 10 November 2003) pdf - EU telecom package

Market Definition and SMP: terrestrial television transmission [access] (Crown Castle, ntl) / terrestrial radio transmission (cable, satellite was excluded and status quo will go on)

*2003-09-09@Å‚Ù

Ž–Œ‹L˜^‰{——“£ŽÊ‹–‰Âˆ•ªŽæÁCŒö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ïR”»Ž–Œ‹L˜^‰{——“£ŽÊ‹–‰Âˆ•ªŽæÁCŒö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ïR”»‹L˜^‰{——“£ŽÊ‹–‰ÂŽ·sŽæÁ¿‹Ž–Œ iÅ‚Ù”»Š •½¬‚P‚S”Nisƒqj‘æ‚Q‚S‚Q† •½¬‚P‚T”N‚O‚XŒŽ‚O‚X“ú ‘æŽO¬–@’ì”»Œˆ ”jŠüŽ©”»j

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*2003-09-08@EC

Company taxation: Commission proposes amending Directive on taxation of parent-subsidiary dividends – EU Company Law

*2003-09-08@ITC

Request for consent for rugby world cup coverage

*2003-09-08@JFTC

Œö‹¤’²’B‚Æ‹£‘ˆ­ô‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚錤‹†‰ïi‘æ‚T‰ñj‹cŽ–ŠT—v pdf

•Ä‰¢‚É‚¨‚¯‚éŒö‹¤’²’B§“x‚ÌŠT—vA‚ ‚è

*2003-09-05@FCC signs_s13.gif

Media Bureau Announces Temporary Freeze on the Filing of Forms 301, 314, and 315 for Commercial Broadcast Stations pdf

cf. 2003-09-10 Media Bureau To Terminate Temporary Broadcast Station Application Freeze; Revised Processing Guidelines Announced pdf

United States Court of Appeals of the Third Circuit issued an Order staying the effectiveness of the new media ownership rules

*2003-09-05@EC  

Commission reviews first case under new electronic communications regime

cf. 2003-08-26 Oftel

the gArticle 7 procedureh; Oftel came to the conclusion that there was sufficient competition in one of the UK wholesale mobile markets making existing sector-specific regulation redundant. The Commission concurs with Oftel's analysis and sent Oftel its comments on 29 August 2003.

*2003-09-05@“ú–{Œo’c˜A

“Ɛè‹ÖŽ~–@‚Ì‘[’u‘ÌŒnŒ©’¼‚µ‚ɂ‚¢‚ā|“ú–{Œo’c˜A‚Æ‚µ‚Ä‚ÌŒ©‰ð|

*2003-09-05@JFTC

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”­‘«‹L”O‘ÛƒVƒ“ƒ|ƒWƒEƒ€ˆÄ“àAŒ¤‹†•ñ‘‚Q–{iƒlƒbƒgƒ[ƒNŠO•”«‚ÌŒoÏ•ªÍ`ŠO•”«‰º‚Å‚Ì‹£‘ˆ­ô‚ɂ‚¢‚Ă̈êˆÄ`AŠé‹ÆŒ‹‡‚ÌŒø—¦«‚ÆŽsê‚ւ̉e‹¿‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŒoÏ•ªÍj‚ ‚è

*2003-09-04@Oftel

Oftel welcomes further BT Datastream price cuts 

Oftel states this decision follows an investigation by Oftel to establish whether price cuts to BT's IPStream broadband product for ISPs were such that operators purchasing BT's Datastream product were unable to compete effectively

*2003-09-03@EC

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in cross-Channel transport services

Spokesperson's Statement on inspections in Nordic ferry services

*2003-09-03@EC

Remedies in Merger Cases pdf

Speech by Wolfgang MEDERER

The Fifth Annual Competition Conference, IBA, Fiesole, Florence, Italy, 21.09.2001

*2003-09-03@Ofcom

Note of the Tenth Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held at Riverside House, London, 29 July 2003

Spectrum Trading Design Project - following the Cave report and the Governmentfs response to it. It is intended to consult on specific proposals in the autumn.

*2003-09-02@EC

Commission clears acquisition of Instrumentarium by General Electric subject to conditions

M.3083 - GE / INSTRUMENTARIUM - Decision: Art. 8(2) with conditions & obligations

public text available pdf Newly added!

the package of remedies removes the horizontal overlap between the activities of GE and Instrumentarium

*2003-09-02@Ofcom

Agenda for the Eleventh Meeting of Ofcom to be Held At Riverside House on 02 September 2003 at 11 am

*2003-09-01@European Parliament

Patentability of comupterised inventions (1st reading)

Rapporteur: Arlene McCarthy

*2003-09-01@Oftel

Policy review of two-part charging

 

August

 

*2003-08-29@FTC

Commission approval of comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

*2003-08-29@DOJ

Guidelines: An Antitrust Primer for Federal Law Enforcement Personnel

*2003-08-29@FCC

Statement of FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell on the Introduction of New Satellite Licensing Procedures pdf

cf.*2003-08-27@FCC

*2003-08-29@EC (adopted on 27.08.2003)

Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament - "Towards an international instrument on cultural diversity" COM(2003) 520 final pdf

*2003-08-29@Ofcom

Note of the Interim Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held on 15 July 2003

Note of the Ninth Meeting of the Ofcom Board, held on 24 June 2003

the latter includes Review of Public Service Television Broadcasting (PSTB): Proposed Project Plan (Communications Act requires Ofcom to undertake gas soon as practicable after the end of a period of 12 months beginning with commencementh a greport on the fulfilment of the public service remith.); Ofcomfs relationship to the Oftel Market Reviews: Members agreed that Oftel should be asked to conclude its market reviews as soon as possible, consistent with a robust approach, thus minimising any regulatory uncertainty created by delay.

*2003-08-29@WOWOW

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*2003-08-29@JFTC

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

*2003-08-28@EC   

Commission acts to break the stranglehold of state railways on international passenger services

press release says eThis is a landmark decision for competition in European rail transportfcapplication of the competition rules as a tool to ensure effective market opening in the EU railway sector

*2003-08-28@CAT

British Telecommunications PLC - Summary of appeal pdf

first appeal brought under section 192 of the Communications Act (section 192 gives rights to appeal decision of the authorities)

*2003-08-28@Ofcom   

Radio Restricted Service Licences (RSLs)

*2003-08-28@OFT   

Completed acquisition by 3M United Kingdom Plc of the business of Vantage Health Limited

*2003-08-27@FCC  

Commission Lifts Freeze on New Satellite License Applications pdf

*2003-08-26@EC   

Commission authorises EDF to acquire full control of EDF Trading

*2003-08-26@Oftel   

Oftel today notified the European Commission of its proposals for regulation in several key telecoms markets – under EU Telecom Package

Identification and analysis of marketsiWholesale services, Retail markets, Fixed geographic call termination, Wholesale international services, Unmetered Internet call terminationj, Determination of market power and Setting of SMP conditions

cf. *2003-02-12 EC

*2003-08-26@BSkyB   

James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture Delivered by Tony Ball, Chief Executive of BSkyB pdf

cf.*2003-08-23 Edinburgh Festival

*2003-08-24@BBC  

BBC plans to open up its archive to the public

fWe intend to allow parts of our programmes, where we own the rights, to be available to anyone in the UK to download so long as they don't use them for commercial purposes. Under a simple licensing system, we will allow users to adapt BBC content for their own usef by Greg Dyke (He also supported for strong ITV and argued that the merger of Carlton and Granada be allowed to proceed under reasonable terms and for further consolidation within advertiser funded broadcasting)

*2003-08-23@DCMS

Tessa Jowell Appoints Philip Graf To Review The BBC's Online Services

Consultation for the Independent Review of BBC Online

cf. MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival 2003

deadline for responses is 17 November 2003, final report by Spring 2004; BBC's report and market impact assessment from KPMG are attached

*2003-08-23@Hutton Inquiry

Hutton documents released

cf. BBC Report

*2003-08-22@OFT

OFT refers Stenafs proposed acquisition of P&Ofs ferry services in the Irish Sea

Competition Commission invites evidence

*2003-08-21@FCC signs_s13.gif  

Review of the Section 251 Unbundling Obligations of Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers; Implement of the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability; Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet over Wireline Facilities: Order pdf 

Errata to the Report and Order and Order on Remand and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 03-36) Released on August 21, 2003

hImpair Standardh for access --- removing unbundling obligations (when three competitors are there), State regulator retain a huge power of that standardcOf course, Powell, supporting scrap of the whole obligation for facility-based competition, attacks this regulation (although no unbundle obligation for last mile FTTH is ensured)

*2003-08-20@FCC  

Media Ownership: all in pdf

FCC Chairman Powell Launches "Localism in Broadcasting" Initiative

Copps Criticizes Willingness to Let Media Consolidation Continue

Statement of Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy Supporting Localism Initiative Newly added! *2003-08-21

*2003-08-20@FCC  

Application for Consent to the Transfer of Control of Licenses and Section 214 Authorizations By Time Warner Inc. and America Online, Inc., Transferors, to AOL Time Warner Inc., Transferee, Petition of AOL Time Warner Inc. For Relief from Condition Restricting Streaming Video AIHS: MO&O pdf

the petition for removing the AIHS (advanced instant messaging-based high-speed video services) was granted

cf. *2003-04-04 FCC

*2003-08-20@‘–±È

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Œö³‹£‘ˆƒKƒCƒhƒ‰ƒCƒ“‚ÉŠî‚«A—¼ŽÐ’ñŽ¦‚̉c‹Æƒtƒ@ƒCƒA[ƒEƒH[ƒ‹A“à•”‘ŠŒÝ•â•–hŽ~“™‚Ì‘[’u‚ð‰Á–¡‚µ‚ÄŒŸ“¢‚µ‚½‘–±È‚ÌŒ»Žž“_‚É‚¨‚¯‚él‚¦•ûi”F‰ÂðŒˆÄj

*2003-08-20@‘–±Èi“d‹C•´‘ˆˆ—ˆÏˆõ‰ïj  

“d‹C’ʐMŽ–‹Æ–@‘æ‚R‚Xð‘æ‚P€‚Ì‹K’è‚ÉŠî‚«ƒ\ƒtƒgƒoƒ“ƒN‚a‚aŠ”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚©‚ç\—§‚Ä‚Ì‚ ‚Á‚½Ú‘±–½—ß‚ÉŒW‚é“š\

*2003-08-19@EC  

Commission approves the acquisition of the Italian air and space company Avio by Carlyle and Finmeccanica

activities do not overlap, inter-brand competition (not anti-competitive vertical relationship)

*2003-08-19@DTI  

Next steps towards a single electricity market |New consultation on transmission charging

*2003-08-18@JFTC

‚q‚o‚r§“xŠJŽn‚É”º‚¤ˆê”Ê”pŠü•¨”­“d‚Ì—]è“d—ÍŽæˆø‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-08-14(2003-08-02)@EC

National measures taken persuant to article 3a of the TWF Directive - Annual Consolidated list publication pdf

survey of the listed events under Article 3(a)

*2003-08-14@OFT, CC

OFT refers WBB proposed acquisition of Tarmac's mineral and materials business

WBB and Tarmac Central Ltd: Competition Commission invites evidence

First OFT merger reference under the Enterprise Act

*2003-08-13@EC

Commission intervention no longer necessary to enable NDC Health to compete with IMS Health

COMP/38.044 - National Data Corporation/IMS Global Services - Publicity: Press release - decision

cf. *2001-07-03@EC found no objective justification for refusing to grant a licence / *2001-10-26 CFI suspended the decision

*2003-08-13@Ofcom  

What is Ofcom? – useful guide

*2003-08-12@OFT signs_s13.gif 

BSkyB decision dated 17 December 2002: rejection of applications under section 47 of the Competition Act 1998 by ITV Digital in Liquidation and NTL

OFT rejected the applications alleging BskyBfs margin squeeze on distributors and mixed bundles of premium channels

cf. *2002-12-17 OFT

*2003-08-11@DTI

Proposed Newspaper Transfer: Northcliffe/Radstock and Midsomver Norton Journal

cf. Fair Trading Act 1973 (sections 57 to 62)

*2003-08-11@OFT

Rugby union premier league revises anti-competitive rule

*2003-08-08@BSkyB

Sky welcomes FA Premier League decision on football rights

cf. including other broadcasters conditions, will Brussels intervene?

*2003-08-07@FTC

FTC Charges Aspen Technologyfs Acquisition Of Hyprotech, LTD. Was Anticompetitive

*2003-08-07@EC

Commission clears Philips/Sony CD Licensing program

cleared modified joint licence agreement (including separate licensing) and bilateral agreements

*2003-08-06@EC signs_s13.gif

Commission gives Microsoft last opportunity to comment before concluding its antitrust probe

COMP/37.792 - Microsoft/ W2000 - Publicity: Press release - statement of objections

Final Statement of Objections: proposed remedies – [Leveraging] for full interoperability with Windows PCs and services to reveal interface information; [Tying] untying Windows Media Player from Windows or gmust-carryh competing media players with Windows

cf. *2000-08-03 Commission opens proceedings against Microsoft's alleged discriminatory licensing and refusal to supply software information - leveraging

cf. *2001-08-30 Commission initiates additional proceedings against Microsoft – plus tying

*2003-08-05@EC Date changed!

Competition Policy Newsletter, Summer 2003

*2003-08-04@FCC 

FCC Goes Wi-Fi pdf

*2003-08-04@Oftel

Reviews of dispute procedure schemes - 4 August 2003 

Final guidelines issued by the Director General of Telecommunications

*2003-08-01@FTC

FTC Offers Recommendations on Amendments to Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act

cf. Public Hearings: Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Hearings on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy

*2003-08-01@EC

Application of competition law to rights management in the music market, Some orientations pdf

Speech by Herbert UNGERER

Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), Brussels, Belgium, 11.06.2003

*2003-08-01@Oftel

A statement issued by the Director General of Telecommunications on Oftel's use of public consultation under the new EU Directives – EU Telecom Package

*2003-08-01@OFT

Large fines for replica football kit price-fixers

Full text available Newly added!

*2003-08-01@DTI, CC, OFT

Patricia Hewitt accepts Competition Commissionfs findings on Centrica/Dynegy merger

Centrica plc and Dynegy Storage Ltd and Dynegy Onshore Processing UK Ltd: A report on the merger situation

Completed acquisition by Centrica Plc of Dynegy Storage Ltd and Dynegy Onshore Processing UK Ltd

Paragraph 13 of Schedule 24 to the Enterprise Act 2002 provides that the provisions of the FTA continue to apply where a merger took place before the introduction of the Enterprise Act 2002

 

July

 

*2003-07@RA

Licensing Procedures Manual for Broadcasting, Programme-Making, and Multimedia (version 0.4, July 2003)

*2003-07-31@FTC

FTC Issues Policy Statement on Use of Monetary Remedies in Competition Cases

*2003-07-31@EC

Commission warns AstraZeneca of preliminary findings in Losec antitrust investigation

practices intended to block or delay access to the market, to prevent parallel imports - Article 82 does not concern the alleged misuse of intellectual property rights, but the alleged misuse of governmental procedures [Misrepresentations before patent offices and misuse of regulatory procedures for the authorisation of medicines have previously been held to be antitrust violations by US Courts and the US Federal Trade Commission]

*2003-07-31@JFTC Newly added!

Œö³ŽæˆøˆÏˆõ‰ï‚Ì’¼–Ê‚·‚é‰Û‘è‚ÆŽæ‘g‚݁|‚ǂ̂悤‚ȉۑè‚ɂǂ̂悤‚ÉŽæ‚è‘g‚ñ‚Å‚¢‚é‚©|iŠÖ¼ŒoÏ˜A‡‰ïj@pdf

*2003-07-30@EC

Commission clears Procter & Gamble's acquisition of Wella subject to conditions

remedy package consists of the licensing of some brands etc.

*2003-07-30@Ofcom

Agenda for the Tenth Meeting of Ofcom to be Held At Riverside House on 29 July 2003 at 2 pm

*2003-07-29@EC

Conditional clearance for acquisition of joint control by Candover and Cinven of German publisher BertelsmannSpringer

*2003-07-29@EC

Commission Settles Marathon Case with German Gas Company BEB

improvement on refusals to grant access to pipelines (BEB – a German JV of ExxonMonil and Shell)

cf. Past cases: Application of competition rules to the gas sector

*2003-07-29@EC

Regional development - guide on the use of the Structural Funds in the electronic communications sector

*2003-07-28@FTC

FTC Finds Vivendi Subsidiaries Violated Antitrust Laws In Distribution of Three Tenors CDS

restraints on price discounting and advertising are ginherently suspecth, gfree-riding argument is simply an attempt to shield themselves from legitimate interbrand competitionh

cf.*2002-06-28@FTC

*2003-07-28@FCC

"New Rules, Old Rhetoric," New York Times Op-ed by Chairman Powell pdf

*2003-07-28@EC

What is an Abuse of a Dominant Position? Rebates: Competition on the merits or exclusionary practice? pdf

Speech by Luc GYSELEN

8th EU Competition Law and Policy Workshop European University Institute, Brussels, Belgium, 19.06.2003

extensive paper through erebatesf for deepening the understanding of ean abuse of a dominant positionf

*2003-07-28@CC

Following consultation on the draft, the Chairmanfs Guidance on Disclosure of Information in Merger and Market Inquiries (CC 7) is today published on the Commissionfs website pdf - Enterprise Act 2002

*2003-07-28@‹à—Z’¡i‹à—ZR‹c‰ïj Newly added!

uM‘õ‹Æ‚Ì‚ ‚è•û‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚é’†ŠÔ•ñ‘vi‹à—ZR‹c‰ï‹à—Z•ª‰È‰ï‘æ“ñ•”‰ï•ñjpdf

Žó‘õ‰Â”\àŽY‚͈̔͂̊g‘åi’m“IàŽYŒ “™j

*2003-07-28@JFTC

ƒWƒFƒCƒtƒHƒ“Š”Ž®‰ïŽÐ‚ɑ΂·‚銩‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

*2003-07-25@FTC

The Commission has approved an application for a proposed divestiture from Shell Oil Company (Shell Oil) and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company (Pennzoil)

*2003-07-25@EC

Third report on the development of the telecommunications services markets in the EU candidate countries is now being released

*2003-07-25@EC

European public opinion still hazy about the Convention – European Convention

*2003-07-25@EC

Important Notice: The fight against cartels and applications for immunity from fines and reduction of fines in cartel cases

*2003-07-25@EC  

Electronic Communications: Commission reduces regulation of the provision of leased lines in the EU

Telecommunications: Five Member States have transposed new regulatory package into national law on time - Commission to start proceedings against latecomers

Implementation Date: Finland (23 May 2003), Denmark (4 June), Sweden (5 June), the United Kingdom (17 June) and Ireland (21 June)cItaly (31 July)

cf. New Regulatory Framework

*2003-07-25@Oftel  

Consumer interests at the heart of new regulatory framework that comes into force today

*2003-07-24@FTC

FTC Provides U.S. House with Overview of Antitrust Activities

Vigorous Enforcement of Antitrust Laws, Guided by Economic Analyses, Protects Consumers

*2003-07-24@DOJ

Testimony: Statement of R. Hewitt Pate, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Before the Committee on the Judiciary United States House of Representatives Concerning Antitrust Enforcement Oversight

*2003-07-24@EC signs_s13.gif

Commission clears UEFA's new policy regarding the sale of the media rights to the Champions League

Background note : The UEFA Champions league

Commission clears the new policy that brings football within the reach of more broadcasters as well as Internet and telephone operators, and permits clubs to market part of these rights individually

*2003-07-24@EC

Nouveau système de commercialisation des droits de retransmission sur le championnat allemand de football (Bundesliga) (de) (English version added!)

New marketing system for Bundesliga broadcasting rights --- under the new system, all broadcasting rights will no longer be sold to a single broadcaster in one package

*2003-07-24@EC

Broadcasting services: Commission refers Germany to Court over allocation of radio spectrum

 protection of media pluralism v the freedom of establishment - Commission believes that some provisions of this law and the way the authorities apply them give preference to local terrestrial radio broadcasters in the granting of licences and thus discriminate against broadcasters from other EU countries

*2003-07-24@ECJ signs_s13.gif 

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-280/00 Altmark Trans et Regierungspräsidium Magdeburg – State Aid definition

Text of Judgment Newly added!

ECJ rules that financial support which merely represents compensation for public service obligations imposed by the Member States does not have the characteristics of State Aid - However, for such compensation not to be classified as State aid in a specific case, four conditions: clearly defined public service obligations, transparent rules and established in advance, not exceed costs, proper compensation in comparison with a typical undertaking, must be satisfied (equid pro quof approach? strict ecompensationf approach? – reversed AG LÉGERfs opinion | elimited sovereigntyf approach)

cf.* 2003-01-14A*2002-03-19@AG LÉGERfs opinionsA”»—á‚̐„ˆÚF[Œp‘±ƒgƒsƒbƒNƒX]

cf. EBU News – Public Service and State aid

*2003-07-24@Ofcom

Agenda for the Interim Meeting of Ofcom to be Held At Liberty House on 15 July 2003 at 2 P.M

*2003-07-24@Oftel  signs_s13.gif

The regulation of conditional access, setting of regulatory conditions - explanatory statement and formal notification pursuant to Section 48 (1) of the Communications Act 2003

Oftel sets conditions on Sky Subscribers Service Limited (only CAS provider) to provide CAS on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms in accordance with sections 45(5), 73(5) and 75(2) of the Communications Act 2003

*2003-07-24@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

*2003-07-23@FCC

FCC Chairman Powell Defends FCC Media Rules pdf

*2003-07-23@FCC

Testimony Of Commissioner Copps, Before The Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, And Transportation July 23, 2003

News Release

*2003-07-23@EC

Commission ready to ensure regulatory co-ordination in electronic communications

*2003-07-23@EC

Commission approves capital injection of EUR 297.5 million into the Belgian Post Office – State Aid

*2003-07-23@EC

Commission approves proposed aid in favour of VW Mechatronic in Stollberg (Germany) – State Aid

*2003-07-23@EC

Commission clears DSM's acquisition of the vitamins and fine chemicals division of Roche

M.2972 - DSM / ROCHE VITAMINS - Decision: Art. 8(2) with conditions & obligations

*2003-07-23@EC

Commission decides to carry out itself the inquiry into the planned acquisition of VUP by Lagardère

M.2978 - LAGARDERE / NATEXIS / VUP - Decision: Art. 9

cf. *2003-04-14, 2003-06-06 EC

*2003-07-22@EC

Competition and Regulation in the new Framework pdf

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

Public Workshop on the "Electronic Communications Consultation Mechanism" Provided for by Art. 7 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC, Brussels, Belgium, 15.07.2003

*2003-07-22@EC

Presentation - Electronic communications consultation mechanism: process, organisation and procedures pdf

Speech by Vivi MICHOU and Reinald KRUEGER

Public Workshop on the "Electronic Communications Consultation Mechanism" Provided for by Art. 7 of the Framework Directive 2002/21/EC, Brussels, Belgium, 15.07.2003

presentation by people in charge of enforcement from 25th July, 2003

*2003-07-22@EC

The Commission adopts a proposal for a Regulation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (Rome II)

cf. Article 288 EC: contractual / non-contractual liability - Member States do not at present have common rules for deciding which law should apply in cases concerning non-contractual obligationsctoward eforum-shoppingf

*2003-07-22@EC

WTO negotiations - EU and Japan determined to cut the costs of anti-dumping investigations for companies

*2003-07-22@EC

Free movement of goods and services : the Commission challenges Greek legislation on electronic games

*2003-07-22@Oftel   

The Director General of Telecommunications has issued the following documents - including the General Conditions of Entitlement and the Universal Service Conditions - implementing the various provisions and requirements of the new EU regulatory framework which comes into effect on the 25 July 2003 [Publications Site] – EU telecom package

The General Conditions of Entitlement pdf

*2003-07-22@DTI

Completed Acquisition by Scottish Radio Holdings plc and GWR Group plc of Galaxy Radio Wales and the West Ltd

cf. *2003-05-16 CC  Scottish Radio Holdings plc and GWR Group plc and Galaxy Radio Wales and the West Limited - Report Summary and Full Text (Cm 5811)

*2003-07-21@OFT

OFT reviews film dis0tributors orders and postal franking machine undertakings

*2003-07-18@EC

Florence Forum gets rid of all cross border electricity charges

As from 1 January 2004, no additional network charges will be charged for cross-border electricity transactions in the internal market

*2003-07-18@European Convention signs_s13.gif

Draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe pdf

related documents:

Report from the Presidency of the Convention to the President of the European Council

ROME DECLARATION - V. GISCARD D'ESTAING, CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION

Allocution par V. GISCARD d'ESTAING, Président de la Convention européenne lors de la cérémonie de présentation officielle du projet complet de Traité établissant une Constitution européenne - Rome, 18 juillet 2003

*2003-07-18@HMSO

Communications Act 2003 c. 21 pdf  signs_s13.gif

*2003-07-17@DCMS, Ofcom  

Communications Act Gets Royal Assent - It will be published soon by HMSO, and will be available electronically from their website

Ofcom welcomes passing of Communications Act 2003

cf. History of the Act Through Parliament

*2003-07-17@KDDI et al

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*2003-07-16@EC

High-speed Internet: the Commission imposes a fine on Wanadoo for abuse of a dominant position

COMP/38.233 - Wanadoo - Publicity: Press release - decision

AKZO test (double threshold - average variable cost / average total cost) was appliedi’ᑬ/‚‘¬Žsê‚𕪂¯‚ÄŽsê‰æ’èAŽx”z“I’nˆÊ”F’è‚É“–‚½‚èAFrance Telecom‚Ƃ̃Šƒ“ƒN‚àl—¶A—”—p”»’è‚ł́Arecoup‚̉”\«EˆÓ}‚ð”F’èj

cf.*2001-12-21 EC

*2003-07-16@EC 

Commission approves 3rd Generation mobile network sharing in Germany

*2003-07-16@EC 

Commission appoints Chief Competition Economist

implementation of proposed measures strengthening the analysis in terms of economics

cf. *2002-12-11 EC Creation of a post of Chief Competition Economist in the Directorate-General for Competition

*2003-07-16@EC 

Commission fines Yamaha for restrictions of trade and resale price maintenance in Europe

COMP/37.975 - PO/YAMAHA - Publicity: Press release - decision

a selective distribution system – partitioning the European Market

*2003-07-16@EC 

Centres de coordination belges: la Commission a décidé d'introduire un recours contre la décision du Conseil – State Aid

cf.*2003-02-18 ecost-plusf method does not constitute State aid per se, butc

*2003-07-16@OFT 

The OFT has published its decision on the anticipated acquisition by Deutsche Post AG of Airborne Inc

*2003-07-16@OFT 

Key challenges in enforcing the Competition Act pdf - Enterprise Act 2002

An article by Margaret Bloom for the Competition Law Journal

*2003-07-15@FCC

Commissioner Adelstein Calls On FCC To Fix Anomaly In New Media Rules Before They Take Effect pdf

*2003-07-15@EC

"Getting Ready to Implement New EU Electronic Communications Law"

Article 7 workshop Brussels, 15 July 2003

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

*2003-07-15@EC

SPAM: European Commission goes on the offensive

"Combating Spam on All Fronts"

Press Conference on Spam Brussels, 15 July 2003

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

Questions and Answers on Spam and the EU Opt-in Regime

cf. 2003-06-11 FTC

*2003-07-15@EC

Towards development of broadband content

*2003-07-15@Oftel

Indirect access dispute between BT and Cable and Wireless

*2003-07-15@BBC

BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2002/2003 published

Fair Trading Reports pdf Newly added! signs_s13.gif

*2003-07-14@EC

Trustee appointed in case COMP/M.2416, Tetra Laval/Sidel Article 6(2) Conditional Clearance Decision

*2003-07-14@EC

Commissioners Liikanen and Monti ready to take up new tasks in telecommunications policy

before the workshop on Article 7 of the Framework Directive: this new mechanism obliges national regulators to conduct a gnationalh and a gCommunityh consultation on the regulatory measures they intend to take and, if necessary, the Commission can require them to withdraw intended measures

*2003-07-14@EC

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

Copyright and related rights in the Information Society – to ensure creative environment in digital age and harmonise the principal rights of authors and set exception for protection and rights management [deadline 22.12.2002], Second Postal Directive – further open postal services to competition (2002/39/EC) [deadline 31.12.2002] and so on

*2003-07-14@DCMS

Sport Summit Speech By Tessa Jowell, Secretary Of State For Culture, Media And Sport

she presents: Why should Government care about sport?

*2003-07-14@‘–±È

uIP‰»“™‚ɑΉž‚µ‚½“d‹C’ʐM•ª–ì‚Ì‹£‘ˆ•]‰¿Žè–@‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚錤‹†‰ïv•ñ‘‚ÌŒö•\

*2003-07-11@EC

Commission approves merger between Konica and Minolta subject to commitments

M.3091 - KONICA / MINOLTA - Decision: Art. 6(2) (conditions&obligations)

*2003-07-11@OFT, Oftel

The Director General of Telecommunications has published his decision that BT did not breach Chapter II of the Competition Act in respect of a complaint made by Freeserve about BT's broadband strategy

Oftel concludes Competition Act investigation into BT's broadband marketing

anti-competitiveness of using customer support number as a marketing tool and joint telephony and internet billing

*2003-07-11@OFT

The OFT has published its latest economic discussion paper, 'Assessing profitability in competition policy analysis'

*2003-07-10@European Convention  

Eléments d'intervention du Président Giscard d'Estaing en fin de séance de Convention du 10 juillet 2003, Bruxelles pdf

cf. Proposed amendments to the text of the Articles of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe signs_s13.gif 

Giscard d'Estaing finished the convention after 17 months of work, and will present the final draft constitutional treaty next week

*2003-07-10@JFTC/EU

“úE‰¢B‹¤“¯‘̓Ɛè‹ÖŽ~‹¦—Í‹¦’è‚̏–¼‚ɂ‚¢‚Ä pdf

Agreement between the Government of Japan and the European Community concerning cooperation on anticompetitive activities pdf

cf. Commissioner Monti welcomes signature of EU-Japan agreement in the competition field

*2003-07-09@CFI  

Judgments of the Court of First Instance in cases T-220/00,T-223/00,T-224/00,T-230/00

Cheil Jedang Corporation / Commission and others

CFI finds that the principle of non bis in idem, according to which a person who has already been tried may not be prosecuted or fined for the same conduct, cannot be applied in the present case

*2003-07-09@EC  

Commission proposes to simplify the rules on Member States' aid to the fisheries sector – State Aid [New Block Exemption]

*2003-07-09@EC  

Commission widens formal inquiry proceedings in MobilCom case – State Aid

*2003-07-09@EC  

In-depth probe into aid for Infineon Technologies production site in Portugal – State Aid

*2003-07-09@EC  

National airline insurance schemes: Commission authorises extension of the aid schemes put in place by nine countries

*2003-07-09@EC  

Competition Policy in the Candidate Countries - the accession negotiations and beyond pdf - Enlargement

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

At 8th Annual Competition Conference between the Candidate Countries and the European Commission, Vilnius, Lithuania, 16.06.2002

*2003-07-09@Oftel  

Oftel confirms new rules for communications providers – EU Telecom Package

*2003-07-08@FCC  

FCC Releases Report on 2002 Cable Industry Prices.

News Release / Report

*2003-07-08@EC  

DG Competition Reorganisation: Important information related to Merger control activity pdf

sector-specific merger control started

cf. *2003-04-30@EC

*2003-07-08@EC  

The Competition Policy Reforms in 2002 and 2003

Speech by Mr. Mario MONTI, European Commissioner for Competition Policy

At European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Brussels, 8 July 2003

*2003-07-08@Ofcom  

Guardian Media Lecture Radio Festival, Speech by David Currie, Ofcom Chairman, 7 July 2003

He stresses econ mergers it is the OFT not Ofcom which is the responsible regulatorf

*2003-07-08@Ofcom  

English National Forum Seminar, speech by David Currie, Ofcom Chairman, 7 July 2003

role of the Content Board: Tier 1 – negative content regulation (including BBC ), Tier 2 – independent television production quotas, Tier 3 – ITV, Channel4 and Five [PSBs]

*2003-07-08@’m“IàŽYí—ª–{•” 

’m“IàŽY‚Ì‘n‘¢A•ÛŒì‹y‚ÑŠˆ—p‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚鐄iŒv‰æ@pdf

*2003-07-03@DOJ 

U.S. v. Microsoft: Joint Status Report on Microsoft's Compliance with the Final Judgments

*2003-07-03@ECJ signs_s13.gif Text available!

Judgment C-83, 93, 94/01 Chronopost SA, La Poste and French Republic v Union française de l'express (Ufex), DHL International, Federal express international (France) and CRIE – State Aid [Economic Analysis]

Text of Judgment

the appeal case of Case T-613/97, CFI annulled the below decision --- eEven supposing that SFMI-Chronopost paid La Postefs full costs for the provision of logistical and commercial assistance, that would not be sufficient in itself to show that no aid within the meaning of Article 92 of the EC Treaty was grantedcf (para. 74), eThe Commission should have thus have examined whether those full cost took account of the factors which an undertaking acting under normal market conditions should have taken into consideration when fixing the remuneration for the services providedcf (para. 75)

cf. *1997-10-01 Commission decides that no State aid was involved in the transactions between the French Post Office and its subsidiary Chronopost

cf. æ—áFSFEI v La Poste Case C-39/94 [1996] ECR I-3547 – ein order to determine whether a State measure constitutes aid, it is necessary to establish whether the recipient undertaking receives an economic advantage which it would not have obtained under normal market conditionsf (para. 60)

*2003-07-03@Oftel  

Consultation on continuing licence conditions after 25 July 2003 – EU Telecom Package

*2003-07-02@FCC

FCC Releases Text of Report and Order Setting Limits on Media Concentration

Report & Order / Attachment

Third biennial ownership review officially published – new, comprehensive framework for broadcast ownership regulation (cf.*2003-06-02)

*2003-07-02@Ofcom

Speech to the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) Annual Lunch Tuesday 1 July 2003

Stephen Carter Chief Executive, Ofcom

*2003-07-01@EC

New challenges for State Aid policy pdf

Speech by Mario MONTI, Commissioner for Competition Policy

European State Aid Law Forum, Brussels, Belgium, 19.06.2003

on general policies including comments on interaction with ECJ (ex. MEIP in WestLB Case), economic approach towards less and better State Aid, inappropriateness of wide range of Article 87(1) and so on

*2003-07-01@EC

Romano Prodi President of the European Commission Greek Presidency closes on high note European Parliament Strasbourg, 1 July 2003

*2003-07-01@EC

VAT on digital services - frequently asked questions

*2003-07-01@EC

Public consultation on the new generation of programmes for the European audiovisual industry: public hearing 1-2 July

*2003-07-01@CC

Newsquest/INM Merger Inquiry: Issues Statement pdf

cf. *2003-05-21 CC

Italy is holding the EU Presidency

Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: July – March 2004

 

Summary from January to June

 

*2003-06-20@European Council

European Council, Thessaloniki 19-20 June 2003

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.

*2003-06-16@OFT

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@BBC, BskyB, ITC

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

*2003-06-06@EC

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

cf. *2003-04-02@EC

*2003-06-02@FCC

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@ITC

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

*2003-05-21@EC

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

*2003-04-24@VPRT

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

*2003-04-22@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]

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

•sŒö³‚ÈŽæˆø•û–@k‚»‚Ì‘¼‚ÌŽæˆø‹‘âl`ƒTƒuƒ‰ƒCƒZƒ“ƒX‚̐§ŒÀ

*2003-04-17@‘–±È

u‰q¯•ú‘—‚É‚¨‚¯‚éƒvƒ‰ƒbƒgƒtƒH[ƒ€Ž–‹ÆŽÒ‚Ì‹Æ–±‚ÉŒW‚éƒKƒCƒhƒ‰ƒCƒ“‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚éŽwjv‚ÌŒö•\i‚b‚rƒfƒWƒ^ƒ‹•ú‘—‚ÉŠÖŒW‚·‚鎖‹Æ‚݂̍è•û‚ÉŠÖ‚·‚錟“¢‰ïj

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

*2003-03-31@JFTC  

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

–𖱃KƒCƒhƒ‰ƒCƒ“A‰ü’è‚Ö

*2003-02-12@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

*2003-02-11@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

*2003-02-01@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

*2003-01-30@OFT

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

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

*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

*2003-01-15@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

*2003-01-14@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@

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