The European Commission (the “Commission”) has decided to refer the assessment of Schuitema's proposed acquisition of assets of Super de Boer to the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit – “NMa”), under Article 9 of the EU Merger Regulation. This transaction is closely linked to the acquisition of all the Super de Boer assets by Jumbo, which was cleared by the NMa on 4 December 2009.

The NMa asked the Commission to refer the transaction as they believed it would affect competition in a number of local retail markets within the Netherlands. The Commission decided that the conditions of Article 9 were met and therefore decided to refer the case in its entirety to the NMa.

IP/10/50 – 26 January 2010