EC Case: End-of-Year Decision Touted by Backers

BRUSSELS - The complaint side of the European Commission (EC) proceedings against Standard & Poor's (S&P) for the fees being charged by S&P for databasing International Security Identification Numbers (ISINs) based on Cusip numbers, suggests there may be a decision from the Commission this year, Inside Reference Data has learned.

The current commissioner for competition, Neelie Kroes, is due to step down on October 31, 2009, when the Barrosso Commission, which she is part of, has served its five-