The European Commission has confirmed that on 12 and13 December 2007 it conducted dawn raids at the premises of two suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) producers in the UK under Article 13 of the EC Merger Regulation. In the course of the inspections, the Commission, assisted by the UK Office of Fair Trading, collected information related to a planned merger. Although the Commission has not yet concluded its review of the proposed merger, it has reason to believe that the deal may have been implemented without Commission consent in violation of Article 7 of the EC Merger Regulation. The Commission is also concerned that there may have been an exchange of information between the companies that could amount to a violation of Article 81, which prohibits cartels.