About: mergers

Transport 27-05-2019

Renault to study Fiat-Chrysler merger offer ‘with interest’

French carmaker Renault revealed on Monday (27 May) that it will “study with interest” a merger proposal tabled by Fiat-Chrysler that, if approved, would create one of the largest automobile companies in the world.
Competition 13-02-2019

France and Germany prepare plan to create European champions

Following the rejection of the Alstom-Siemens merger, France and Germany are working on a review of the EU’s competition rules to create European champions capable of competing with US and Chinese multinationals.
Economy & Jobs 07-02-2019

German 2030 industrial strategy: Altmaier backs ‘European Champions’

German economy minister Peter Altmaier presented his 'industrial strategy 2030' on Tuesday (5 February), talking up the creation of European "champions" just one day before the European Commission decided to reject a proposed merger between rail giants Alstom and Siemens. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Competition 27-02-2018

UPS seeks €1.7 billion damages from EU for aborted TNT buyout

US package delivery giant United Parcel Service is seeking €1.7 billion ($2.1 billion) in damages from the European Commission after it stopped the firm's 2013 bid to take over TNT Express.
Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

EU wants to tackle public procurement ‘imbalance’ with foreign countries

The European Commission has raised concerns about the limited access EU companies get to public markets abroad, proposing measures to tackle the “imbalance”.
Azerbaijan 11-03-2015

Aliyev: Azerbaijan concerned by Commission’s DESFA investigation

Azerbaijan, which has acquired Greek gas transmission system operator DESFA, is wondering why the European Commission is taking so long to decide if the deal is compatible with EU law, Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 26-02-2015

Brussels blesses merger between Daimler and Russian military vehicle producer

Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Daimler AG, of Germany, and Kamaz OJSC, of Russia, a producer of trucks, but also of a large variety of armoured vehicles, some of which are in use in the Ukraine conflict.
David Cantor
Digital 05-09-2014

WhatsApp in Brussels

A new EU political leadership must confront the rapid domination of online markets by increasingly monopolistic, global Internet champions which are preempting European and other potential competitors. Incoming Commission President Juncker’s recent calls for modernizing EU competition policy, and an aggressive industrial strategy geared to bolstering Europe’s position in global digital markets, suggest Brussels is likely to weigh a Facebook/WhatsApp merger carefully. There may be a question whether EU competition rules can accommodate this deal at all, argues David Cantor.
Transport 27-02-2013

Commission grounds Ryanair-Aer Lingus merger

EU antitrust regulators blocked Ryanair's third attempt to acquire Irish rival Aer Lingus on Wednesday (27 February), a ruling Europe's biggest low-cost airline called politically motivated and vowed to challenge in court.
Brexit 11-10-2012

German indifference helps sink EADS, BAE deal

Europe's two biggest aerospace companies will go back to the drawing board to find new strategies after Germany stymied the world's biggest arms and aviation company merger.
Competition 02-02-2012

Brussels blocks stock exchange mega-merger deal

Deutsche Börse and the NYSE's proposal to create the world's largest exchange operator was rejected by European anti-trust authorities yesterday (1 February), for fear that it would create "a near-monopoly" on derivatives trading.

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