"An amended merger implementing regulation for a new merger regime"*A. Introduction The adoption of a new Merger Regulation by the Council on 20 January 2004, has made it necessary for the Commission to review the implementing measures which it had put in place under the old merger regime. In addition to new measures to reflect the changes made in the new Merger Regulation the Commission was able to avail of the opportunity to make other amendments with a view to improving the clarity of the text, as well as improving the efficiency and fairness of the process. The final text of the new Implementing Regulation was adopted, following a public consultation which ended on 11 March, by the Commission on 21 April 2004 and entered into force on 1 May 2004  at the same time as the new
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