The European Commission’s decision to examine the proposed acquisition, at the request of French and German competition authorities, opened in October, with a decision expected in March.
This was derailed by the COVID-19 crisis, and then postponed to the end of April. Now there is a further delay.
‘It will take quite some time’
On Tuesday, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said competition authorities are having difficulty determining the market fallout. She told Reuters: ‘It will take quite some time before that case has a ticking clock again.’