State Aid

ABA debates antitrust in a downturn

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Are jobs and economic stability more important than competition in the present economic climate? asked James A Wilson of Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP at the ABA Chair's Showcase event in Washington, DC, yesterday.

Kroes discusses GM with ministers

Kroes discusses GM with ministers

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European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes met European ministers and representatives from General Motors on Friday to discuss the carmaker's financial status and the need to coordinate state responses to the situation to prevent damage to European competition.

CFI rules against DG Comp state aid decision

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The European Court of First Instance (CFI) has ruled in favour of shipbuilder Aker Maritime Finance in a case against the European Commission, annulling a decision to recover state aid paid to the company.

CFI dismisses state aid complaint

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The European Court of First Instance has dismissed a complaint by broadcaster TF1 challenging government aid granted to state-run rival France Télévisions.

OFT looks into Northern Rock

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The UK's Office of Fair trading has published its report on the competitive effects of the government support for Northern Rock bank, which was taken into temporary public ownership last year.

DG Comp authorises new Olympic plan

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The European Commission yesterday approved a revised privatisation plan for assets of state-owned Olympic Airlines and its ground operations company Olympic Airways Services, saying that it did not raise state aid concerns.

EU seeks cooperation on state aid

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The European Commission has issued guidelines to national courts on the application of state aid rules. The guidelines aim to protect companies from the harm caused by illegal aid being given to competitors.

OECD chief calls for coordinated approach to competition

OECD chief calls for coordinated approach to competition

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The OECD's secretary-general yesterday called for a robust approach to competition to speed recovery from the worldwide economic crisis.

Kroes calls for financial restructuring

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European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes has called on banks to come clean about "the true amounts of toxic assets" they are holding.

DG Comp supports aid for environmental investment

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The European Commission is allowing France to introduce a temporary scheme granting low-interest loans to businesses that produce environmentally friendly products.