The European Commission issues a communication on how the EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in the EU

"EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in EU"* According to a recent Commission report [1] Regulation 139/2004 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’) [2] has contributed to more efficient merger control within the EU since it came into force on 1 May 2004. Its turnover thresholds have, in most cases, been effective in distinguishing merger cases of EU relevance from those with a primarily national focus. Also, the improved system of case re-allocation (introduced in 2004) has allowed businesses to have their cases, reviewed by the more appropriate authority: either a Member State’s National Competition Authority or the Commission’s ‘one-stop-shop’ facility. The report nevertheless identifies certain areas wherefurther reflection may be useful. I. Background — Objective of

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Claude Rakovsky, Peter Ohrlander, Manuel Godhino de Matos, Alexander Kopke, Paul Shiels, The European Commission issues a communication on how the EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in the EU, 18 June 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2009, Art. N° 35040

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