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Under the Merger Regulation, all concentrations with a EU dimension must be notified to the Commission before implementation, and they may not be implemented before having been declared compatible with the internal market. Thus, unlike some national merger control regimes such as the French or the UK systems, the Regulation provides for a comprehensive compulsory system of ex ante control. The notification also has the effect of triggering the legally binding time limits for the Commission's examination of the operation.

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