On 29 September 2010, the European Commission (“Commission”) settled antitrust proceedings against ENI SpA (“ENI”). The Commission had issued a statement of objections against ENI in March 2009, following an investigation into concerns that the energy firm might be abusing a dominant position on the gas transportation market by refusing to grant competitors access to its pipelines. The settlement provides for legally-binding commitments by ENI to divest its shares in three international transport pipelines to Italy. The Commission sees the commitments as opening up access to gas pipelines and as a result promoting competition and potentially leading to lower gas prices for companies and households in Italy. This is the ninth major antitrust decision adopted by the Commission following its 2005 energy sector inquiry. Click here for more information.