EU member states call for review of horizontal merger guidelines, new powers in merger control

10 February 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

France, Germany, Italy and Poland have called on the European Commission (EC) to revise its horizontal merger guidance and to clarify its plans to review the market definition notice in the coming weeks, according to a letter by ministers of the four EU member states seen by PaRR.

The missive addressed to EC Executive Vice-President for a Digital Age Margrethe Vestager calls on the executive to adopt a work plan “in weeks” to modernise the EU’s competition toolbox to confront the challenges of digitisation and globalisation.

The letter also calls on the EC to use its sector inquiry powers in order to “better understand how competition may be stifled in certain sectors of the European economy exposed to unfair international competition”.

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