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Judgment of the General Court of 11 December 2013 – Cisco Systems and Messagenet v Commission

(Case T-79/12) 1

(Competition – Concentrations – European markets for internet communications services – Decision declaring the concentration compatible with the internal market – Manifest errors of assessment – Obligation to state reasons)

Language of the case: English


Applicants: Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, California, United States) and Messagenet SpA (Milan, Italy) (represented by: L. Ortiz Blanco, J. Buendía Sierra, A. de Pablo and K. Jörgens, lawyers)

Defendant: European Commission (represented by: N. Khan, S. Noë and C. Hödlmayr, Agents)

Intervener in support of the defendant: Microsoft Corp. (Seattle, Washington, United States) (represented by: G. Berrisch, lawyer)


Application for annulment of Commission Decision C(2011) 7279 final of 7 October 2011 declaring compatible with the internal market the merger transaction involving the acquisition of control of Skype Global Sàrl by Microsoft Corp. (Case COMP/M.6281 – Microsoft/Skype).

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Dismisses the action;

Orders Cisco Systems Inc. and Messagenet SpA to bear their own costs and to pay those incurred by the European Commission and Microsoft Corp.



1 OJ C 109, 14.4.2012.