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Simplifying EU merger control: will it really reduce burden on business?

06 December 2013

The Commission has adopted measures to simplify procedures under the EU Merger Regulation.   They extend the scope of the simplified merger procedure, reduce the information required in an EU filing (or at least claim to), and streamline the process for pre-notification discussions.  The aim is to cut red tape and to reduce the burden on business.  But it is unclear that these objectives will be achieved: for example the Commission has actually extended in the Form CO the list of section 5(4) internal documents that have to be disclosed. We explore the changes and their impact.