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Anjum Shabbir
28th July 2021
Competition & State Aid

Mergers: Conditional approval granted by Commission for Orange’s acquisition of Telekom Romania

Further to its investigation into potential competition concerns in the market for retail mobile telecommunications services, the European Commission has decided to grant approval under the EU Merger Regulation for Orange SA’s acquisition of Telekom Romania Communications, on the condition of divestiture of the latter’s minority shareholding in a direct competitor of Orange (Telekom Romania Mobile Communications - TRMC, one of the four main mobile operators in Romania).

The Commission’s investigation had revealed serious competition concerns on that market, as if Orange had acquired the minority shareholding in its competitor TRMC through this acquisition, that would have: (a) reduced Orange’s incentives to compete with TRMC; (b)


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