The European Commission has decided that Spain has violated Article 21 of the EU Merger Regulation by imposing certain conditions on Enel and Acciona in their acquisition of Endesa. These conditions concern: (i) their obligation to maintain Endesa as an independent company, including keeping its brand and its decision-making centre in Spain; (ii) a limitation on Endesa's debt service ratio; (iii) a limitation with respect to Endesa's dividend distribution policy; (iv) the obligation for certain Endesa generation units to purchase specified amounts of national coal; and (v) the obligation to keep the assets of the insular and non-mainland electricity systems within the Endesa Group. The Commission required Spain to withdraw these conditions by 10 January 2008.