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Mergers Notices and Guidelines

Consolidated Jurisdictional Notice

The consolidated Commission Jurisdictional Notice replaced the four jurisdictional Notices adopted by the Commission in 1998 under Council Regulation No. 4064/89. These were (i) the Notice on the concept of concentration, (ii) the Notice on the concept of full-function joint ventures, (iii) the Notice on the concept of undertakings concerned and (iv) the Notice on calculation of turnover

Commission Consolidated Jurisdictional Notice under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (the "Merger Regulation").

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Notice on Simplification

In December 2013, the Commission adopted a package to simplify its procedures for reviewing concentrations under the EU Merger Regulation. This merger simplification package has been applicable since 1 January 2014.

Commission Notice of 5 December 2013 on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. The Notice forms part of the 'merger simplification package', which has been applicable since 1 January 2014. (Official Journal C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5)

Corrigendum to Commission notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (Official Journal C 011, 15.01.2014, p.6)

 

Notices and Guidelines on substance

Non-horizontal Guidelines
Guidelines on the assessment of non-horizontal mergers under the Council Regulation on the control of concentrations between undertakings
Official Journal C 265 of 18/10/2008

Horizontal Guidelines
Guidelines on the assessment of horizontal mergers under the Council Regulation on the control of concentrations between undertakings
Official Journal C 31, 05.02.2004, p. 5-18
Relevant Market
Commission notice on the definition of the Relevant Market for the purposes of Community competition law
Official Journal C 372, 09.12.1997, p. 5

Remedies
Commission Notice on remedies acceptable under the Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 and under Commission Regulation (EC) No 802/2004
Official Journal C 267, 22.10.2008, p. 1-27
Ancillary restraints
Commission Notice on restrictions directly related and necessary to concentrations
Official Journal C 56, 05.03.2005, p. 24-31
Abandonment of concentrations
DG Competition Information note on Art. 6 (1) c 2nd sentence of Regulation 139/2004
Access to file

Commission Notice on the rules for access to the Commission file
Official Journal C 325, 22.12.2005, p. 7-15

Case referrals

Commission Notice on Case Referral in respect of concentrations
Official Journal C 56, 05.03.2005, p. 2-23

Guidance on the application of the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the Merger Regulation to certain categories of cases
Official Journal C 113, 31.3.2021, p. 1–6

UK withdrawal
Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
Official Journal C 384I, 12.11.2019, p. 1