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EU Commission clears acquisition of Naspers' online classifieds businesses in Asia by Schibsted, Telenor and Singapore Press Holdings - as well as acquisition of Brazilian online classified business by Schibsted, Telenor and Naspers

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over the online classifieds businesses of Naspers in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam by Schibsted ASA of Norway, Telenor ASA of Norway and Singapore Press Holdings Ltd of Singapore. Schibsted and Singapore Press Holdings are international media groups, while Telenor is a telecommunications operator. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given that the target business will only operate in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and thus outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Moreover, the companies' activities do not overlap. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7447.

Also, the European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control o…

Conclusions of the 1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue

On the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the EU-US Cyber Dialogue on 5 December 2014, EU and US representatives met in Brussels to discuss several foreign policy-related cyber issues:
International Security in CyberspaceThe participants welcomed the landmark consensus of the 2012-2013 Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security, including its affirmation of the applicability of existing international law to cyberspace. The two sides welcomed the confidence building measures agreed in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and their implementation in order to build confidence and reduce the prospects for conflict in cyberspace. They commended efforts to expand similar efforts in other regional fora such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Organization for American States.
Internet Governance Developments in 2015The two…

EU-Kommission sammelt Kommentare von Interessenvertretern zur weiteren Beihilfe-Prüfung der Deutschen Filmförderung

Wie heute im Amtsblatt der EU veröffentlicht, tritt die Beihilfeprüfung der Deutschen Filmförderung durch die EU-Wettbewerbshüter in ein neues Stadium: Die EU-Kommission fordert alle Interessenvertreter dazu auf, ihre Stellungnahmen einzureichen. Da dieses Phase entscheidend die Meinung der Kommission beeinflussen kann, sei das Dokument mit Link zitiert. Es beschreibt zudem sehr detailliert den Stand des Verfahrens.
State Aid — Germany — State aid SA.38418 (2014/C) (ex 2014/N) — Filmförderungsgesetz — Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union ( 1 )
5.12.2014 DE Amtsblatt der Europäischen Union C 437/57
Staatliche Beihilfe SA.38418 (2014/C) (ex 2014/N) — Filmförderungsgesetz Aufforderung zur Stellungnahme nach Artikel 108 Absatz 2 AEUV (Text von Bedeutung für den EWR)
(2014/C 437/04)
Mit Schreiben vom 17.10.2014, das nachstehend in der verbindlichen Sprachfassung abgedruckt ist, hat di…