Ce 22 août 2017, Bayer a confirmé que la Commission Européenne avait lancé une enquête de phase II sur le projet d’acquisition de Monsanto par Bayer.
Bayer s'attendait à ce que la Commission lance à une nouvelle étude complémentaire du projet en raison de la taille et de la portée de la transaction. Bayer estime que le rapprochement proposé sera bénéfique à la fois pour les agriculteurs et les consommateurs.
Les 2 sociétés ont notifié cette transaction à la Commission le 30 juin 2017 et ont soumis leurs engagements le 31 juillet 2017.
Bayer continuera de travailler de manière étroite et constructive avec la Commission Européenne dans son enquête, en vue d'obtenir l'approbation de la transaction par la Commission d'ici la fin de cette année.
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