17.3.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 65/2


Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.3543- PKN Orlen/Unipetrol)

(2005/C 65/02)

(Text with EEA relevance)

1.

On 11 March 2005, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen Spółka Akcyjna (‘PKN Orlen’, Poland) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking Unipetrol, a.s. (‘Unipetrol’, Czech Republic) by way of purchase of shares.

2.

The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for PKN Orlen: crude oil processing and manufacture and sale of petroleum and petrochemical products,

for Unipetrol: crude oil processing and manufacture and sale of petroleum and petrochemical products.

3.

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.

4.

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 (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.3543 — PKN Orlen/Unipetrol, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition,

Merger Registry

J-70

B-1049 Brussels


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.