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Paris Court of Appeal annuls decision on price fixing in perfumes and cosmetics industry
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • December 31 2009

The Paris Court of Appeal recently annulled a decision of the French Competition Authority ("FCA") on the grounds that the procedure took too long


Commission approves commitments offered by GDF Suez to increase competition in French gas market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

The Commission has declared the commitments offered by GDF Suez (a French energy company) to increase competition in the French gas market, legally binding under Article 9 of Regulation 12003 on the implementation of the EU Treaty’s competition rules


Electrabel appeals 20 million fine imposed for implementing its acquisition of CNR without approval
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

Electrabel has appealed the Commission’s decision to fine it 20 million for acquiring Compagnie Nationale du Rhône ("CNR"), prior to receiving approval by the Commission under the EC Merger Regulation


Commission authorises temporary French aid scheme for farmers
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

On 2 December 2009, the Commission authorised a French aid scheme which is directed at supporting farmers who find themselves in difficulty as a result of the economic crisis


General Court annuls Commission decision declaring measures implemented by France for EDF to be incompatible with the common market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

On the 15 December 2009, the General Court of the European Union annulled a Commission decision against EDF which declared aid it had received from the French State as incompatible with the common market


French court refers question to ECJ on absolute ban on internet sales in selective distribution systems
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

In 2006 the French Competition Council opened proceedings against eleven cosmetics producers for having imposed an absolute and general ban on members of their respective selective distribution systems from selling their products to end customers via the internet


Commission market tests proposed commitments of EDF in the French electricity retail market
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • December 31 2009

The Commission has announced that it is undertaking a formal consultation with market operators and interested parties, on the commitments offered by EDF to improve the level of competition in the French energy market


Court judgments order construction industry companies to pay the SNCF between 123 and 129 million in compensation for concerted practices
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • May 19 2009

The Paris administrative court has rendered a total of 34 judgments ordering construction industry companies such as Bouygues Construction, Eiffage and Vinci to pay the SNCF between 123 and 129 million in compensation for damages it suffered from a price fixing agreement


Commission authorises French aid worth 46.3 million for the BioIntelligence R&D programme
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • May 19 2009

The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections under the EC Treaty state aid rules to the financial support of 46.3 million granted by France to the BioIntelligence research and development programme


Commission confirms inspections were carried out in the French electricity sector
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • European Union, France
  • March 16 2009

The European Commission has confirmed that on 10 March 2009 Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of the electricity company EDF in France