PART 3 DEFINITION OF THE RELEVANT MARKET: Chapter 1 Introduction
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The goal of merger control is to identify and prevent transactions that create or enhance market power. The test provided for in Article 2 of the Merger Regulation asks whether or not a concentration will significantly impede effective competition. The starting point for this analysis is the definition of that market in which competition takes place. This has been underlined by the Court of Justice which held that 'a proper definition of the relevant market is a necessary precondition for any assessment of the effect of a concentration in competition.' However, market definition is not an end in itself but rather an indirect means of determining the presence of market power or the likelihood it will be exerted post transaction.

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