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European Commission approves acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global

Merger was originally approved in 2014 but then annulled by the General Court of the European Union

The European Commission has cleared Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo, subject to conditions.

The merger was originally approved in 2014 but then annulled by the General Court of the European Union, leading to a reassessment of the deal.

The Commission said Liberty Global had offered to scrap clauses that restrict broadcasters’ ability to offer their channels and content over the internet, maintain access to its network and not repurchase pay TV operator Film1.

“The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns,” the Commission said.