Official Journal of the European Union

C 39/28

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.4469 — Scholz/voestalpine/Scholz Austria)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2007/C 39/13)


On 15 February 2007, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertakings Scholz AG (‘Scholz’, Germany) and voestalpine AG (‘voestalpine’, Austria) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation joint control of Scholz Austria GmbH (‘Scholz Austria’, Austria) by means of purchase of shares in a newly created company constituting a joint venture.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Scholz: collection and processing of and trade in metal scrap;

for voestalpine: production and processing of steel products;

for Scholz Austria: collection and processing of and trade in metal scrap.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (fax No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number Case COMP/M.4469 — Scholz/voestalpine/Scholz Austria, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry


B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.