Carlsberg notice in the European Union Law
Concept of Carlsberg notice provided by the “Glossary of terms used in EU competition policy” (Antitrust and control of concentrations, published in 2002): Notice published in the Official Journal whereby the Commission informs third parties of a notification and invites them to submit infor-mation and/or comments concerning the notified case. The invitation contains a short summary of the case and is published in the Official Journal with the consent of the parties directly involved in the matter. This possibility of obtaining case-related information was first used by the Commission in the 'Carlsberg' case in 1992. In contrast to an () Article 19(3) notice, a Carlsberg notice is neutral and gives no indication on the preliminary position of the Commission.
As regards mergers, the Commission is obliged to publish the fact that a merger has been notified, at the same time indicating the names of the parties, the nature of the concentration and the economic sector involved.
(See: Notice on prior notification of a joint venture: Case 34.281 Carlsberg-Tetley (OJ C 97, 16.4.1992, p. 21); Article 4(3) of the merger regulation.)