A Public consultation on several proposals to simplify procedures laid down in Merger Regulation 139/2004 has been launched by the European Commission on 27 March 2013. The Commission proposes to expand the scope of the simplified procedure by increasing the market share thresholds enabling undertakings to benefit from it. The Commission also proposes to reduce the volume of information required in order to make administrative procedures less burdensome for undertakings. In addition, the Commission proposes to amend Regulation 802/2004 implementing Merger Regulation 139/2004 in order to update and simplify notification forms. Interested persons are invited to respond to the Consultation by 19 June 2013.

See the E-alert of 29 March 2013.