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Towards more effective EU merger control

Policy field

Competition: Merger control

Target group

Citizens, public authorities, organisations, and, in particular, the business community and their representatives, industry associations and consumer interest associations and national competition authorities who have had direct experience in applying the EU Merger Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings, OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1).

Period of consultation

From 20.06.2013 to 12.09.2013

Objective of the consultation

The Commission is seeking views on possible improvements of the EU Merger Regulation, in particular:

  • extending the scope of the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of non-controlling minority shareholdings. The paper proposes several options to achieve effective control of non-controlling minority shareholdings without creating an undue burden for businesses;
  • reforming the referral system between the Commission and national competition authorities, making it more business-friendly by streamlining and shortening procedures but without fundamentally changing the system's basic features.

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

Responsible service: DG Competition, Unit A2
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT. 3053
E-mail address for replies:

Replies to the consultation

Public authorities
  • Austrian Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde (BWB) en
  • Bundeskartellamt and Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie de en
  • Irish Competition Authority en
  • Office of Fair Trading and UK Competition Commission en
  • Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection pl
  • Norwegian government en
Registered organisations
  • ABI – Association of British Insurers en
  • AFEC - Association Française d'Etude de la Concurrence fr
  • AFEP - French Association of Large Companies fr
  • Assonime - Associazione fra le società italiane per azioni / Association of Italian Joint Stock Companies en
  • BDI - Federation of German Industries de
  • CEFIC - European chemical industry en
  • CLLS - City of London Law Society en
  • COMPER Fornalczyk & Partners General Partnership pl
  • DIA - Danish Insurance Association en
  • ENEL Group en
  • EVCA - The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association en
  • JBCE – Japan Business Council in Europe en
  • Liberty Global en
  • MEDEF - Mouvement des entreprises de France en
  • Siemens de
Non-registered organisations

Law firms

  • Allen & Overy LLP en
  • Ashurst LLP en
  • Baker & McKenzie en
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP en
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP en
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP en
  • Clifford Chance LLP en
  • CMS en
  • Dickson Minto W.S. en
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP en
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP en
  • Hogan Lovells International LLP en
  • Linklaters LLP en
  • Mayer Brown Europe-Brussels LLP en
  • NautaDutilh N.V. en
  • Pinsent Masons LLP en
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP en
  • Simmons & Simmons LLP en
  • SJ Berwin LLP en
  • Van Bael & Bellis en
  • Vinge en


  • Aer Lingus en
  • Air France en
  • Canon Europe en
  • Orange en
  • Philips International B.V. en
  • Ryanair en

Companies' and industry associations

  • AmCham - American Chamber of Commerce en
  • DSA - Danish Shipowners' Association en
  • FVCA - Finnish Venture Capital Association's en
  • ICC - International Chamber of Commerce en
  • Merger Streamlining Group en

Lawyer's associations

  • ABA - American Bar Association en
  • APDC - Association des avocats pratiquant le droit de la concurrence fr
  • ECLF - European Competition Lawyers Forum en
  • IBA - International Bar Association en
  • ICLA - In-House Competition Lawyers' Association en
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht de

Other associations

  • AEDC - Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition en
  • Le Club des Juristes fr

Economic consultancies / Academia / international organisations

  • CRA - Charles River Associates en
  • CCP - ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council - Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia, UK en
  • OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development en
Individual citizens
  • Mr Capretti en
  • Mr Davison en
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