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EU confirms Seagram/ Polygram clearance

Premium - 01 October 1998

The European Commission has confirmed that it has cleared Seagram’s purchase of a 75 per cent stake in Polygram, the world’s largest music company, saying that although the two companies had overlapping activities in music and film, they saw no problems with the acquisition, as the market was highly competitive.

Commission clears mobile JV in Switzerland

Premium - 01 October 1998

The European Commission has authorised the creation of a fullfunction joint venture by Overseas Holding Ltd (OOH) of the UK and VIAG Interkom Verwaltungs Gmbh (VIAG) of Germany, under the name Orange Communications SA, to provide mobile telephony in Switzerland.

Commission clears mobile JV in Lithuania

Premium - 01 October 1998

Using similar reasoning, the Commission also authorised Telia AB and Sonera Cy to acquire, through their joint venture Amber Mobile Teleholding AB, joint control over UAB Omnitel, a Lithuanian mobile telephone operator, together with Motorola Lithuania Telecom Inc.

Royal Ahold moves closer to Giant clearance

Premium - 01 October 1998

Royal Ahold moves closer to Giant clearance

Commission investigates international telephone prices

Premium - 01 October 1998

The European Commission’s DGIV has decided to continue its investigation of prices for international phone calls, concentrating its investigations on seven dominant operators: OTE of Greece, Post & Telekom Austria, Postes et Télécommunications Luxembourg, SONERA (formerly Telecom Finland), Telecom Eireann, Telecom Italia and Telecom Portugal.

Van Miert investigates football super league

Premium - 01 October 1998

Van Miert investigates

BSkyB/ Manchester United

Premium - 01 October 1998

Britain’s Office of Fair Trading says it will 'carefully scrutinise' the US$1 billion bid by BSkyB, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, for Manchester United - the largest sum ever paid for a sports team.

Calls for details of CFF cash injection

Premium - 01 October 1998

Following an announcement by the French government that it was planning to 'financially restructure' the state-owned Crédit Foncier de France prior to renewing its attempts to sell the bank, Competition commissioner Karel van Miert asked for details of the planned cash injection.

Commission opens indepth inquiry into Enso/ Stora

Premium - 01 October 1998

The European Commission has decided to open a detailed investigation into the merger between the Finnish-based wood products group Enso Oyj and Sweden’s Stora Kopparbergs och Bergslags.

EU extends AHP/ Monsanto deadline

Premium - 01 October 1998

The European Commission has extended by two weeks its deadline for its initial review of the proposed US$35 billion merger between American Home Products and Monsanto.