January 13, 2017
The APDC wishes to inform the Commission that its responses to this questionnaire have been prepared by several of its members, namely: Robert Saint-Esteben, Emmanuel Reille, Marie de Drouâs, Sébastien Dominguez, Juliette Goyer, Jean-Julien Lemonnier, Charles-Henri Calla, Alexandre Glatz, David Tayar, Frédéric de Bure, Laëtitia Gavoty, Philippe Guibert.
In December 2013, the Commission adopted a package of measures aimed at simplifying procedures to the fullest extent possible without amending the Merger Regulation itself (the so called "Simplification Package"). In particular, the Simplification Package:
Widened the scope of application of the so-called simplified procedure for non-problematic cases; Streamlined and simplified the forms for notifying mergers to the Commission.
Through the Simplification Package, which entered into force on 1 January 2014, the number of cases dealt with under the simplified procedure has increased by 10 percentage points from an average of 59% over the period 2004-2013 to around 69% of all notified transactions over the period January 2014 to September 2016).