FILE PHOTO: Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alstom, and Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser attend a news conference to announce their deal to merge their rail operations, creating a European champion, in Paris, France, September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
January 16, 2019
BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government views a proposed merger of France’s Alstom <ALSO.PA> and Siemens’ <SIEGn.DE> rail business as important for securing the competitiveness of the European rail industry, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday.
But he also said it was the European Commission’s responsibility to review the antitrust implications of the Franco-German deal.
France on Wednesday said a decision by the commission to block the merger would be a mistake. Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager voiced doubts in December about the impact of the merger on other high-speed trains.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Andrea Shalal)