In Altice, the EU Commission saw a "gun jumping" since the acquirer of telco-media undertaking PT Portugal exercised decisive influence before the transaction had been approved of by the Commission. Seven particular instances of influence were particularly debated, and in one the General Court, in its 2021 Altice decision, saw it as legitimate for the acquirer to be informed and consulted before the decision was taken. What was at stake?
The company wanted to prolong a rights contract with the Porto Football Club.
The company planned to enter into a contract for the first TV channel for dogs.
The company planned to lay copper cables instead of fibre optic cables for the so-called last mile in rural areas of Portugal.
The company wanted to invest in the endeavour to offer space tourism.