Competition weekly news summary
10 January 2014


  • Commission approves merger of Publicis and Omnicom in the advertising, marketing and communication sectors
    9 January 2014
    The Commission has authorised the proposed merger of Publicis, an international advertising and communication group based in France, and Omnicom, a global advertising, marketing and corporate communication company headquartered in the US. The bidding nature of the markets, the presence of other large competitors, the relatively low barriers to entry, and the significant countervailing power of media vendors will ensure a level playing field in all the affected markets after the merger.
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  • Commission continues inquiry into planned acquisition of Cemex West by Holcim in cement industry and does not refer case to Germany
    6 January 2014
    The Commission has rejected a request from Germany to refer the planned acquisition of Cemex West by the Swiss building materials group Holcim to the German competition authority for assessment under national competition law. The Commission concluded that the geographic scope of the affected cement markets is wider than national and that therefore the Commission cannot refer the assessment of the transaction to Germany. The Commission has until 31 March 2014 to take a final decision.
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