Chapter 6 Remaining competences of the Member States
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As mentioned above, it is consistent with the 'one-stop shop' concept underlying the Merger Regulation that the Commission enjoys exclusive jurisdiction to review and authorise concentrations with EU dimension (Article 21(2)) and that no Member State shall apply its national legislation on competition to such concentrations (Article 21(3), first subparagraph). This does not, of course, preclude national authorities from applying other rules of their national law, such as tax law, company law, labour law and environmental law. Insofar as those rules do not provide for any specific measures against a given merger, no authorisation from the Commission is necessary, and Article 21(4) does not apply. Conversely, measures which are specifically directed against mergers ('merger-specific measures') may not be taken by national authorities, unless otherwise provided in Article 21(4).

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