Anglo-American/Tarmac: Commission refers merger to the UK competition authorities

United Kingdom

The proposed acquisition by Anglo-American of Tarmac has been referred by the Commission to the UK competition authorities for investigation. Both companies are active in the supply of aggregates and related downstream products in the UK.

Article 9 of the EU Merger Control Regulation provides that, on request from a Member State, the Commission can refer the investigation of a merger to that Member State under national competition law if it threatens to lead to the creation or strengthening of a dominant position which would substantially reduce competition in a distinct market within the Member State's territory.

In the present case, the UK requested to investigate the merger because of its possible effects on competition in various distinct markets within the UK. The Commission agreed, and considered that the UK competition authorities, with their extensive local knowledge and experience of the markets in question, were best placed to carry out the necessary examination (IP/00/32, 13 January 2000)