EU: EC denies close to Coke charges
An EU executive has denied that a probe into antitrust charges against the Coca-Cola Company was close to the EC making charges against the world's number soft drink producer.
As reported in just-drinks yesterday, the Wall Street Journal quoted "people familiar with the case" as saying that, following a five-year investigation, the Commission was "taking steps that could lead to charges."
But the news agency AFP today quoted Tilman Lueder, a spokesman for EU competition commissioner Mario Monti, saying: "I can confirm that the Coca-Cola case is still pending, as it has been pending for quite a while," said Tilman Lueder, a spokesman for EU competition commissioner Mario Monti.
"But I must point out that no decision to send a so-called statement of objections has been taken at this stage," he added.
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