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EC Opens Investigation into Ineos-Norsk Hydro Deal

9:48 AM MDT | September 21, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

The European Commission (EC) says it has opened an in depth investigation into Ineos’s planned acquisition of Norsk Hydro’s integrated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) business (CW, May 30/June 6, p. 15). The EC says it has until January 11, 2008 to determine if the proposed deal will “significantly impede effective competition” in the European Economic Area, particularly in the U.K. Ineos had submitted “a set of undertakings” to remove any competitive concerns, but those suggestion have been rejected by the EC because they failed to...

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