Update: the public version of the Decision, the Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Final report of the Hearing Officer have been made available.
The European Commission has prohibited Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have harmed competition in markets for railway signalling systems and very high-speed trains. The parties did not offer remedies sufficient to address these concerns.
A summary of the discussion on the Finnish Presidency priorities is now available.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s evaluation of the Airport Charges Directive (ACD) which highlights the need to further strengthen the Directive to protect consumers.
Full title:Connecting flights that are the subject of a single reservation departing from a Member State to a non-Member State via another non-Member State: the air carrier that performed the first flight is obliged to pay compensation to passengers who suffered a long delay in the arrival of the second flight performed by a non-Community air carrier
Such a cumulative right to reimbursement would lead to an unjustified overcompensation of passengers to the detriment of the air carrier.