The EU Commission publishes a package of measures to reduce the administrative burden of EU merger control

EU merger control – New measures aimed to reduce administrative burden* On 5 December, the European Commission published a package of measures to reduce the administrative burden of EU merger control, which will apply as of 1 January 2014. The package extends the scope of the simplified procedure for non-problematic cases. This means that more transactions may be notified using the Short Form CO, which will reduce the burden notwithstanding the fact the “Short” Form CO is still a fairly lengthy document. The European Commission considers that its proposed changes could allow up to 60-70% of all notified mergers to qualify for review under the simplified procedure, which is about 10% more than today. The European Commission has also introduced various amendments to all its notification

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Peter Citron, The EU Commission publishes a package of measures to reduce the administrative burden of EU merger control, 5 December 2013, e-Competitions December 2013, Art. N° 61415

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