As regards the remaining appeal brought by The Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Morpol, the largest salmon processor in the European Economic Area (EEA), by the leading farmer Marine Harvest, both of Norway, subject to conditions. The Commission’s investigation revealed that the acquisition, as originally notified, would have combined two of the largest farmers and primary processors of Scottish salmon thereby leading to high market shares in the market for farming and primary processing of Scottish salmon whereas competitors would have been unable to exert a sufficient constraint on the merged entity. The Commission’s investigation also revealed that there is an important group of customers with a clear preference for salmon farmed in Scotland as compared to salmon farmed in other countries, in particular Norway. As a result, the possibility for customers to buy salmon from other origins would not have been sufficient to defeat a possible price increase of Scottish salmon. Nor would alternative suppliers in Scotland have been able to offset such a price increase given the lack of sufficient spare capacity. Finally, there were high entry barriers in the market for Scottish salmon and in any event this was insufficient to remove the identified competition problem. To address the Commission’s concerns, Marine Harvest committed to divest the largest part of Morpol's salmon farming operations in Scotlandthus removing a substantial part of the overlap between the parties’ activities in the relevant market. In view of the commitment, the Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part thereof. Source: Commission Press Release 30/09/2013