Germany Renews Battle Cry Against Unbundling

Law360, New York (May 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The head of Germany’s cartel office has reportedly reinforced the country’s opposition to the European Commission’s calls for unbundling in Europe’s energy markets, arguing that forcing companies to separate their production and distribution capabilities should be a strategy of last resort in addressing anti-competitive concerns.

Bernard Heitzer, the president of Germany’s Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office, said at a conference in Brussels on Thursday that while there is a lack of competition in the domestic energy market, unbundling should only be used as a “last ditch...
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