The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation pertaining to a joint venture on the market of telecommunication in Italy (Hutchison / VimpelCom)

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed Hutchison/VimpelCom joint venture in Italy* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed joint venture between the telecommunications activities of Hutchison and VimpelCom in Italy is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the transaction could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation for mobile customers in Italy. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Mobile telecom services are increasingly important in our daily lives. We use our mobile phones not only to get in touch with our family and friends but also to read the news, shop online or check the

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European Commission, The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation pertaining to a joint venture on the market of telecommunication in Italy (Hutchison / VimpelCom), 30 March 2016, e-Competitions Mergers & Joint ventures, Art. N° 78892

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