The Dutch Competition Authority conditionally clears in phase II an hospital merger based on efficiency arguments (Ziekenhuis Walcheren / Oosterscheldeziekenhuizen)

Background to the case More than 3.5 years after the first notification of the merger, the Dutch competition authority (NMa) cleared the merger between Ziekenhuis Walcheren and Oosterscheldeziekenhuizen, two hospitals in Zeeland (the Netherlands). The merger process started in September 2005 when the parties notified the merger for the first time. The NMa decided in November 2005 that the merging parties required a licence and started a phase II investigation a month later, following the receipt of the application for a licence. In August 2006 the parties abandoned the merger as it became clear that the NMa was heading towards a rejection. Almost two years later, in June 2008, the parties notified the merger for the second time. Again, an in-depth phase II investigation was launched.

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An Renckens, The Dutch Competition Authority conditionally clears in phase II an hospital merger based on efficiency arguments (Ziekenhuis Walcheren / Oosterscheldeziekenhuizen), 25 March 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2009, Art. N° 26354

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