The European Union's antitrust authority said it had “unconditionally approved” PSA’s plans to buy the European arm of General Motors (GM), concluding that “the transaction would raise no competition concerns”.
The £1.9 billion deal, which was revealed in early March this year, makes PSA the second largest car maker in Europe after Volkswagen, with a 17% market share. It will also “serve as the basis of profitable growth worldwide,” said PSA.
The European Commission’s statement stated: "The Commission investigation showed that the merged entity will still face strong competition from manufacturers such as Renault, Volkswagen, Daimler, Ford, Fiat and various Asian competitors."
However, the proposed acquisition of GM’s European financial operations by PSA and the BNP Paribas banking group is still under review by the Commission, with a decision due later this year.