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09.04.11

Cablegate: Deputy Managing Director of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (FCA) Said Microsoft’s Inadequate Technical Documentation Had Hindered Progress in the EU Case

Posted in Antitrust, Cablegate, Europe, Microsoft at 6:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: The EU case against Microsoft has Stefan Keznickl remark privately about the stance of the FCA, after the EU Commission invited Member States

THIS cable is short and it is probably the last one for today. This Cablegate cable shows something that the public was probably not aware of, probably not at the time anyway:



VZCZCXRO6879
PP RUEHDT RUEHLMC RUEHMR RUEHPA RUEHPB
DE RUEHVI #0942 0891119
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 301119Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY VIENNA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2920
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEAWJA/DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
UNCLAS VIENNA 000942 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EBB/TPP/IPE (BEATRICE SOILA) AND EUR/AGS 
STATE PASS TO USTR (VICTORIA ESPINEL AND JAMES MENDENHALL) 
JUSTICE FOR RENATA HESSE 
COMMERCE FOR JOHN MASTERSON 
NSC FOR JOHN HERRMANN 
 
SIPDIS, SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETRD, KIPR, EUN, AU 
SUBJECT: EC V. MICROSOFT DEMARCHE: AUSTRIAN RESPONSE 
 
REF: STATE 46956 
 
1.  (U) Post conveyed reftel non-paper and talking points 
March 29 to Stefan Keznickl, Deputy Managing Director of the 
Austrian Federal Competition Authority (FCA), which is 
responsible in the GoA for national and EU-level antitrust 
cases.  Post also provided reftel information to Martin 
Eichtinger, the Minister of Economy's Chief of Staff. 
Keznickl said that the Commission had invited Member States 
to the March 30 hearing, but Member States did not intend to 
intervene in the process between the EC and Microsoft. 
Austria would therefore not have any coordinating role in 
its Presidency function.  However, Keznickl added that the 
Council would discuss the case at a later stage.  He said 
there was no date yet for the Council discussion. 
 
2.  (SBU) Keznickl underscored that the GoA did not believe 
the EC had been uncooperative in the process, noting that it 
was necessary for both sides to work together.  According to 
Keznickl, Microsoft's inadequate technical documentation had 
hindered progress in this case. 
 
MCCAW# 

See what we previously wrote about Microsoft in Austria [1, 2].

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