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EU Competition Commissioner Vestager Talks Tough on Telecoms

EU Competition Commissioner said that telecoms mergers would continue to get close scrutiny in Brussels, particularly ones that reduce the number of players in a market from four to three.

In an exclusive interview with The Deal, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that telecoms mergers would continue to get close scrutiny in Brussels, particularly ones that reduce the number of players in a market from four to three. I do not think that it's an ideal situation to have very few, very large companies, especially not in a situation where the markets are still very national, she said in a studio interview at European Commission headquarters in Brussels. More generally, she also discussed the growing trend of conditional merger clearances in so-called Phase 1 cases, and how she sees competition policy fitting into the Juncker Commission's jobs and growth agenda.

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