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Mergers Regulation

EU Merger Regulation 139/2004

Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 of 20 January 2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (the EC Merger Regulation) Official Journal L 24, 29.01.2004, p. 1-22

In July 2014, the European Commission launched a public consultation on proposals to improve merger control at EU level outlined in a White Paper. At that time, the experience gained since 2004 showed that there was scope for further improvement in some aspects of EU merger control. In its White Paper "Towards More Effective EU Merger Control" the Commission makes proposals that would allow it to better deal with non-controlling minority shareholdings which may affect competition, and that would make referral procedures simpler and faster.

The White Paper was published on 9th July 2014 along with an accompanying Commission Staff Working Document.

Please also see the relevant Impact Assessment and its Executive Summary.

Information Note on the abandonment of concentrations (Article 6(1)c 2nd sentence of Regulation 139/2004


Implementing Regulation 802/2004 amended by Regulation 1269/2013

Consolidated version of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 802/2004 of 21 April 2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on the control of concentrations between undertakings (Text with EEA relevance) (the "Implementing Regulation") and its annexes (Form CO, Short Form CO, Form RS and Form RM) (Official Journal L 133, 30.04.2004, p. 1-39), as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 1033/2008 (Official Journal L 279, 22.10.2008, p.3-12) and by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1269/2013 of 5 December 2013 (Official Journal OJ L 336, 14.12.2013, p. 1-36).

As part of the Commission’s Merger Simplification package, as described above, a revision of the Implementing Regulation took effect as of 1 January 2014 with Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1269/2013.

Information on the changes made to the text of the original Implementing Regulation and to three of its annexes (the Form CO, Short Form CO and Form RS) may be found here: Press release - Frequently asked questions.

For the format of notifications, model POAs and templates, go to Procedures and practical information.