The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) by Akzo Nobel following commitments to divest certain activities. During its investigation, the Commission identified serious competition concerns relating to markets for decorative coatings in the UK, Ireland and Belgium and relating to industrial adhesives for engineered wood on the EEA market. The Commission's concerns were alleviated through Akzo Nobel's offer to divest essentially all of its decorative coatings activities in the UK and Ireland, including its production facilities and distribution network. In Belgium, Akzo Nobel has committed to sell or license certain decorative coating brands and, regarding adhesives for engineered wood, to sell ICI's participation in Purbond AG. These commitments removed the identified overlaps or market share additions for decorative coatings and industrial adhesives and will allow the establishment of alternative sources of supply for customers.