As part of its effort to make administrative procedures simpler for businesses, on March 27, 2013, the European Commission (EC) invited public comment on a proposal to simplify steps in the merger notification process under the European Union Merger Regulation.

Specifically, the proposal includes use of a shorter notification form for certain mergers that are unlikely to raise anticompetitive scrutiny. If the combined market share of the two merging companies is below a certain percentage, the merger would also fall under the simplified procedure.

The overall goal is to make mergers even more business-friendly, thereby stimulating growth and competition in Europe.