The European Commission has launched public consultations on draft Guidelines for the assessment of mergers between companies that are in a vertical or conglomerate relationship, also known as “non-horizontal” mergers. Such mergers are aimed at broadening a company's activities either by merging with a company at another level of the supply chain (vertical merger) or with a company active in a separate but related or complementary market (conglomerate merger). The Guidelines will provide guidance to companies envisaging such types of merger. Interested parties are invited to submit their comments on the draft Guidelines by 12 May 2007. Following the consultation, the Commission will adopt the definitive version.