The French Competition Council concludes, based on an ex post assessment, that a merger in the small electric household equipment market does not reveal any competition concerns, confirming its earlier opinion (SEB / Moulinex)

I. Background When Moulinex was put into administration in 2001 competitor SEB was conditionally retained by the judicial administrators as the most suitable purchaser for Moulinex‘ manufacturing sites and trading subsidiaries in France, Spain, Germany and several non-EU countries, subject to obtaining merger clearance. The envisaged transaction was subsequently notified to the European Commission and, as far as the French operations were concerned, partially referred back to the French authorities under article 9(2)(a) of Council Regulation 4064/89. In a decision of 15 July 2002, the Minister for the Economy found that the transaction would lead to the creation or strengthening of a dominant position on nine affected markets for small electric household equipment in France, but

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Sergio Sorinas, Christine Jorns, The French Competition Council concludes, based on an ex post assessment, that a merger in the small electric household equipment market does not reveal any competition concerns, confirming its earlier opinion (SEB / Moulinex), 28 July 2004, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2004, Art. N° 21343

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