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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-28

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Roaming prices: Calling home becomes cheaper again – but not texting across borders
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Landmark by NBC, Blackstone and Bain Capital
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Salland Olie Holding by Delek Nederland
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between Flowserve and Linde
  • [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of certain Schering- Plough animal health products by Pfizer
  • [06] Mergers: Commission approves proposed creation of joint venture by Edison and Hellenic Petroleum Midday Express of 2008-08-28 Reference: MEX/08/0828 Date: 28/08/2008 EXME08 / 28.08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    28/08/08


  • [01] Roaming prices: Calling home becomes cheaper again – but not texting across borders

    On 30 August, it will become cheaper to make or receive calls while travelling in the EU. The price ceiling for roaming calls (the Eurotariff) introduced by the EU in 2007 will fall from €0.49 to €0.46 per minute (excluding VAT) for making a call and from €0.24 to €0.22 per minute (excluding VAT) for receiving a call while in another EU country. These price reductions are the result of the EU Roaming Regulation, proposed by the European Commission in 2006 to curb the excessive roaming charges consumers had to pay for roaming calls (on average €1.15 per minute at the time (IP/06/978)). The EU Roaming Regulation which will expire in 2010, is currently under review. Following the specific request of the European Parliament the Commission must propose by the end of 2008 whether to extend the Regulation in time and in scope. Figures published by national telecoms regulators this summer have shown that prices for roaming text messages and data services remain unjustifiably high (IP/08/1144).

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Landmark by NBC, Blackstone and Bain Capital

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Landmark Communications, Inc. (Landmark) of the US by NBC Universal, Inc., Bain Capital Fund X, L.P. controlled by Bain Capital Investors LLC (Bain Capital) and Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P., which is ultimately controlled by The Blackstone Group L.P., all of the US. NBC Universal is a diversified international media and entertainment group. Blackstone is a global investment and advisory firm. Bain Capital is a global private investment company. Landmark provides weather information for television, to businesses or consumers via various interactive platforms and also supplies weather radar systems. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Salland Olie Holding by Delek Nederland

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Salland Olie Holding B.V of The Netherlands by Delek Nederland B.V., also of The Netherlands. Both companies are active in the wholesale trade and transport of petroleum products and the operation of petrol stations. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between Flowserve and Linde

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the joint venture between Flowserve Corporation (Flowserve) of the US and Linde AG of Germany. Flowserve manufactures industrial pumps and valves. Linde is active in industrial gases, development of natural gas plants and logistics. The joint venture, Flowserve Compression, will make refuelling systems for natural gas vehicles. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of certain Schering- Plough animal health products by Pfizer

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain animal health assets of Schering-Plough (SP Assets) by Pfizer, both U.S. pharmaceutical companies. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [06] Mergers: Commission approves proposed creation of joint venture by Edison and Hellenic Petroleum

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of a newly created joint venture in the market for the generation and wholesale supply of electricity in Greece by Edison S.p.A., an Italian energy company, and Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HelPe), a Greek energy company. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    RCA/MÁV Cargo From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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