The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of Kemira GrowHow by Yara International ASA, subject to commitments. Both companies are active in the production and sale of mineral fertilisers and associated chemical products. Commitments were required to alleviate serious competition concerns relating to: (i) the fertiliser distribution markets in Denmark and Latvia (pulling out of distribution joint ventures); (ii) the markets for liquid carbon dioxide in the United Kingdom (sale of liquefaction unit); (iii) the markets for weak nitric acid, ammionium nitrate solution and aqueous ammonia in North Western Europe and in the Nordic countries; and (iv) the market for concentrated nitric acid in Western Europe (sale of certain production facilities in Belgium and Sweden, as well as access to the necessary process chemicals to maintain and expand the output of the divested facilities).