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Germany in state aid inquiry over parcel deliveries

Premium 01 February 1998

Brussels has turned its state aid spotlight on the German government over its funding of the state-owned parcel service.

New formula for airline slots

Premium 01 February 1998

The European Commission hopes to avoid accusations by airlines of preferential treatment by applying a new, top secret, formula for calculating how many take-off and landing slots they should divest when forming alliances.

New UK Competition Commission chairman appointed

Premium 01 February 1998

Derek Morris, a professor of economics at Oxford University, has been appointed chairman of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

MTV must supply information

Premium 01 December 1997

At a preliminary hearing in the UK High Court last month, Vice Chancellor Sir Peter Scott dismissed music video company MTV Europe’s argument that they should not have to supply an alleged cartel with confidential information, which MTV alleged would in itself be contrary to Article 85.

Top Brussels boutique adds clout to White & Case

Premium 01 December 1997

One of the top three boutique firms in Brussels, Forrester Norall & Sutton, has linked up with US multinational firm White & Case to form a strong European trade and competition practice.

Boeing’s point man lets off steam

Premium 01 December 1997

Boeing’s point man in Brussels, Ivo van Bael, claimed at the IBA’s Delhi conference last month that there were no checks on the 'tremendous power' wielded by the EU in the merger field.

Canada to authorise phonetapping

Premium 01 December 1997

The Canadian government plans to introduce telephone-tapping measures to help catch perpetrators of price-fixing, bid-rigging and fraudulent telemarketing.

New blood at Italian agency

Premium 01 December 1997

Italian competition bureau, the Autorita Garente now has two candidates ready to succeed former head Juliano Amato.

Microsoft limbers up for battle

Premium 01 December 1997

Brussels cleared the way for Microsoft’s run-in with the US Department of Justice when it closed an important case against the software giant at the end of November.

European-wide impact of TV soccer rights

Premium 01 December 1997

The UK’s first test case on collective sale of exclusive rights by a major sports association has been scheduled to begin in January 1999 in the Restrictive Practices Court. BSkyB currently has exclusive live rights over Premier League football games in the UK, but Director General of Fair Trading John Bridgeman is challenging the deal on the grounds of public interest. 'This is a key case for competition in the broadcasting market, where rapid developments in technology are taking place,' he said.