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The European Commission has fined Bong, GPV, Hamelin, Mayer-Kuvert and Tompla for coordinating prices and allocating customers of certain types of envelopes, in breach of Article 101.
Given their cooperation in the investigation, Tompla, Hamelin and Mayer-Kuvert/GPV benefitted from fine reductions under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice.
Since all the parties agreed to settle the case with the Commission, the fines were reduced by a further 10% each. Click here.
The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Lafarge of France by Holcim of Switzerland. Both companies are active worldwide in the manufacture and supply of cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates and other construction materials.
The decision is conditional on the divestment of Lafarge businesses in Germany, Romania and the UK and of Holcim operations in France, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and the Czech Republic.
The conditions are consistent with the remedies imposed by the Competition Commission following its market investigation into aggregates, ready-mix concrete and cement in the UK. Click here.
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed joint venture between coffee manufacturers Douwe Egberts Master Blenders (DEMB) of the Netherlands and Mondelēz of the US.
Both companies own popular brands: DEMB owns L'Or, Douwe Egberts, Senseo and Merrild, while Mondelēz owns Carte Noir, Jacobs, Gevalia, and Tassimo.
The Commission has concerns that the proposed transaction may reduce competition for various coffee formats in Austria, France, Denmark and Latvia and for single-serve systems in a large number of Member States.
The companies offered commitments, but the Commission concluded that they were insufficient to remove the concerns raised. Click here.
This article was written by Paul Stone and Elora Mukherjee.
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