Poland’s biggest refiner PKN Orlen stated on Wednesday, April 8, that it received a statement of objections from the European Commission regarding its planned takeover of smaller rival Lotos.
The EU competition enforcer typically uses a statement of objections to list specific areas where mergers could result in higher prices or put pressure on rivals, which can spur the company making the takeover bid to offer concessions.
The state-run PKN Orlen stated that this is a regular procedure and that it would soon present its concessions on the planned deal.
“We are determined to complete the transaction. The current situation on the fuel and energy markets shows that companies have to diversify operations, as it increases their resilience to macroeconomic fluctuations and the geopolitical situation,” PKN Orlen CEO said in a statement.
PKN Orlen announced in 2018 that it planned to buy at least 53% of Lotos. In August last year the Commission opened a full-scale investigation into the deal, claiming it might lead to higher prices and restrict competition.
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