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Competition Policy

Merger control in the EU – further simplification of procedures

Policy field

Competition: Mergers 
 

Target group

All citizens and organizations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. The most affected groups of stakeholders include undertakings that have to comply with the provisions of EU merger control law and EU citizens and undertakings that benefit from effective EU merger control. Other important stakeholders are industry and business organisations, consumer associations, formal and informal associations of professionals in EU competition law and policy, as well as national competition authorities, national ministries and other government bodies in charge of competition law and policy, and academia.
 

Period of consultation

From 05.10.2022 to 19.10.2022
 

Objective of the consultation

The present consultation is a short targeted additional public consultation, in the context of the ongoing review of EU merger control aimed at further simplifying and streamlining of EU merger control procedures, following the consultation on the draft revised Merger Implementing Regulation (“Implementing Regulation”) and Notice on Simplified Procedure that took place in May 2022. It concerns a proposed modification to Article 9 of the Implementing Regulation. The referred article provides for the suspension of time limits under certain circumstances and details the circumstances under which the suspension ends. The proposed amendment aims to clarify that the Commission has the possibility to restart the clock ex officio where the information requested is no longer necessary.

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 19 October 2022.
 

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

 Received contributions will be published on this webpage.  Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published. In that case, please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

When providing us with the documents requested above, please ensure that redactions made by you properly cover all confidential information and cannot be reversed.

It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

We would appreciate receiving submissions electronically as attachments to emails in English, French or German. These attachments should, furthermore, be submitted in “.doc” or “.pdf” format, otherwise they will not be published.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
 

View the consultation document

Text Article 9 draft revised Implementing Regulation (05.10.2022)
 

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

Responsible service:

Directorate-General for Competition – Unit A.2. – Merger Case Support and Policy
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.6038

e-mail:
COMP-SIMPLIFICATION_IMPACT_ASSESSMENT@ec.europa.eu
COMP-A2-MAIL@ec.europa.eu

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Merger Registry
1049 Bruxelles /Brussel
Belgique /België