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The Commission has  approved the acquisition  of the  Dutch commercial  bank,
Crédit Lyonnais Bank  Nederland N.V. (CLBN) by  General Bank N.V.   (G-Bank),
the Belgian commercial bank.

CLBN, hitherto  part  of  the  French  Crédit  Lyonnais  group,  has  retail,
corporate and merchant banking activities  which are largely confined  to the
Netherlands.   G-Bank's  activities  in the  Netherlands  are minor,  and the
combined  market  shares  of  the  two  banks  are  not  such  as  to  hinder
competition,  whether in national or international markets.  In view of this,
the Commission has decided not to oppose the operation.

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