The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2017

EU: Directorate General for Competition

A few figures can give a measure of the output of DG Competition in 2015. In the course of the year, the Commission took 318 merger decisions, 20 of which were subject to commitments. No prohibition decisions were taken, but in two cases the parties withdrew from their proposed deals. In state aid, we took 691 state aid decisions and member states were asked to recover €6.1 million in illegal aid. Five cartel decisions were also taken and six Statements of Objections (also known as ‘charge sheets’ outside the EU system) were sent. Fines for a total of €365 million were imposed on companies that were found in breach of EU competition rules. Finally, in antitrust proper we took two commitment decisions and sent eight Statements of Objections.

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