Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (458)

Barry Cowen


458. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the sale of a company (details supplied) as per section 28B of the Competition Act 2002; if this was notified to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission; if a decision has been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46563/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Following approval by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on competition grounds, notification of the proposed transaction referenced in the question was received by my Department on 22 October 2019.

I have 30 working days from the notification date of 22 October 2019 to conduct an initial, or phase 1, assessment of the case on media plurality grounds. Following this assessment I have three options under the legislation, which are to allow the merger to proceed, to allow the merger to proceed with conditions, or to ask the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to conduct a more in-depth, or phase 2, examination of the proposed merger.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment further on the case until the aforementioned assessment process is completed.