"EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in EU"* According to a recent Commission report  Regulation 139/2004 (the ‘EC Merger Regulation’)  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
The European Commission issues a communication on how the EC Merger Regulation contributes to more efficient merger control in the EU
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