Vodafone, Liberty Global offer EU concessions over Dutch deal

U.S. Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries speaks during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the Cable Congress in Warsaw, Poland June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

BRUSSELS - Vodafone VOD.L and Liberty Global LBTYA.O have offered concessions in a bid to secure EU antitrust approval for their plan to merge their Dutch telecoms operations to better compete with KPN KPN.AS.

The companies made their offer on July 12, according to a filing on the European Commission website, which did not give further details.

Telecoms companies usually offer to divest infrastructure assets to rivals to head off competition concerns.

The EU antitrust authority, which is scheduled to decide on the deal by Aug. 3, is expected to seek feedback from competitors and other interested parties before deciding whether to accept the offer or demand more concessions.