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Secretary of State intervenes on public interest grounds in relation to the Fox/Sky merger

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has issued a European intervention notice in relation to the Fox/Sky merger, requesting Ofcom to report by 16 May 2017 on the effects of the proposed transaction on the public interest with respect to two grounds: media plurality, and commitment to broadcast standards. Ofcom has also indicated that it will consider the application of its ongoing duty to be satisfied that the holders of broadcast licences are fit and proper to be licensed. Click here.

European Commission re-adopts decision and fines air cargo carriers €776 million for price-fixing cartel

The European Commission has re-adopted a cartel decision against 11 air cargo carriers and imposed a fine totalling €776 465 000. The Commission's original decision was annulled by the General Court on procedural grounds. Click here.

European Commission introduces new anonymous whistleblower tool

The European Commission has introduced a new tool to make it easier for individuals to alert the Commission about secret cartels and other antitrust violations while maintaining their anonymity. Click here.

UK

CMA

  • The CMA has published its final decision in relation to the Diebold/Wincor merger, following its provisional findings in December. It has found that the market for customer-operated ATMs in the UK contains only three significant suppliers – NCR, Diebold and Wincor – and that the merger between two of those companies will result in a substantial lessening of competition that may lead to higher prices or loss of quality. To prevent that, the group has decided that Diebold must sell either Diebold's or Wincor's customer-operated ATMs business in the UK to a new owner, to be approved by the CMA, in order to preserve competition. Click here.