The EU General Court rules that the Commission has the power to review a merger despite the fact that the turnover thresholds have not been triggered (Illumina / GRAIL)

In Illumina v Commission, the General Court has confirmed the authority of the European Commission (EC) under Article 22 EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) to examine a transaction that does not have a European dimension, but which is the subject of a referral request made by a Member State – even if the transaction is not notifiable in that Member State. INTRODUCTION Article 22 EUMR includes a referral mechanism whereby one or more Member States may request the EC to examine any transaction insofar as it does not have an EU dimension but affects trade between Member States and threatens to significantly affect competition within the territory of the Member State or States making the request (Article 22 Conditions). With a view to ensuring that non-notifiable yet potentially problematic

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Hendrik Viaene, Karolien Van der Putten, Hannelore Wiame, The EU General Court rules that the Commission has the power to review a merger despite the fact that the turnover thresholds have not been triggered (Illumina / GRAIL), 13 July 2022, e-Competitions July 2022, Art. N° 108674

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