Following a second phase in-depth investigation, the European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by AEE, a member of the Austrian A-TEC group, of the German company, Lentjes. The two parties are active in the fields of energy and environmental solutions. The Commission’s original concerns were mainly due to the parties’ overlap in the area of grate-fired waste-to-energy plants for the incineration of municipal waste. Vertical concerns were also raised in the supply of a special technology for which Lentjes was one of the few suppliers. The Commission’s investigation showed, however, that the transaction would not have any anti-competitive effects as a number of effective competitors would remain in the markets post-merger.