Brussels, 29 April 2008
Electrabel is a subsidiary of the Suez Group and produces and sells electricity and related services. It also sells natural gas and manages electricity and natural gas distribution networks for some distribution network operators in Belgium.
CNR operates the river Rhône under concession for the French State. It is an electricity generator and supplier. CNR also provides river engineering services in France and some twenty countries worldwide.
The two companies' activities overlap in wholesale electricity generation and sale, electricity trading, regulating power and ancillary services and the supply of electricity to final customers. The two companies are also involved in river engineering.
Since their activities do not overlap significantly on any of the relevant markets and they face strong competition, in particular from EDF in France, the Commission has concluded that the merger does not give rise to any competition concerns.
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