The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation in the agrochemicals market (Monsanto / Bayer)

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer* The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the merger may reduce competition in areas such as pesticides, seeds and traits. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Seeds and pesticide products are essential for farmers and ultimately consumers. We need to ensure effective competition so that farmers can have access to innovative products, better quality and also purchase products at competitive prices. And at the same time maintain an environment where companies can innovate and invest in improved products.” The proposed

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European Commission, The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation in the agrochemicals market (Monsanto / Bayer), 22 August 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2017, Art. N° 84655

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