DG COMP’s merger simplification project - is less more?

01 June 2022


12:00 - 13:30 (CET)


Julia Brockhoff
Head of Mergers Case Support and Policy Unit (A2)
European Commission

Location: Webinar

CPD: Accredited for 1.5 hours CPD (UK SRA)

Registration: Closes at 10AM (CET) on 1 June

On 06 May, DG COMP launched a four week public consultation in the next phase of the EU merger simplification project. 

In March last year, DG COMP held a first consultation on a further simplification of EUMR procedures. 

DG COMP’s own evaluation of the 2013 Simplification Package revealed that there may be additional cases that are typically unproblematic which are currently not captured by the simplified procedure and that information requirements may be too extensive in certain circumstances. 

That evaluation also found that the Notice on Simplified Procedure may not be clear enough in identifying the special circumstances in which cases that meet the requirements of simplified treatment may nonetheless require a more detailed review. 

While a wholesale review of the Merger Regulation was never on the table, a potential revision of the Implementing Regulation and the Notice on Simplified Procedure could involve: 

·        Expanding and clarifying the scope of the simplified procedure by updating the Notice;

·        Streamlining the review of simplified cases (and, to a lesser extent, normal and referral cases) by amending the Implementing Regulation and its Annexes containing the notification forms; and

·        Introducing electronic notifications on a permanent basis. 

As part of the consultation, Julia Brockhoff has very kindly agreed to answer your questions and take your comments in the first Europe-wide 'Chatham House rule' discussion about the next stage of the merger simplification project, covering all the options under consideration to reduce the burden on companies in both simplified and non-simplified cases.

List of participants (updated 20 May)

Registration Fees
(Rates in €uros excluding VAT)
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Private Sector Lawyer/Economist




General/In-house Counsel




Public Sector Lawyer




Full-Time Students/Academics




How to participate?

You can participate in this discussion by Zoom webinar from your (home) office.

Following registration, all participants will receive an email confirmation of participation and a receipt, once their credit card payment has been approved.

Participants will be able to join the webinar from 11.45am (CET).

The discussion will last up to 90 minutes. All participants will receive the speaker's presentation and will be able to ask questions.

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