The European Commission has adopted Guidelines for the assessment of mergers between companies that are in a so-called 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 related market (conglomerate merger). The Guidelines will provide guidance to companies as to how the Commission will analyse the impact of such mergers on competition.

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