Positive sounds emanating from the European Competition Commissioner could indicate that the future for the Oracle and Sun merger is looking brighter than it has been for the last few weeks.
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In a press conference EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes reportedly said that she was optimistic about getting a satisfactory result to the ongoing investigation into the impact on the competitive landscape in the database market a tie-up between Sum and Oracle would have.
She has been making life difficult for the US tech companies by firstly starting an investigation and then secondly following that up with criticisms of Oracle for failing to provide decent evidence of its case.
Oracle is starting a hearing with the EU today putting forward its case to try and life the deadlock which has forced the deal to pause, despite already being approved in the US by the Department of Justice.
Kroes said that if Oracle managed to get to the point where it could say that competition would not be damaged then she was optimistic that things would progress.
The EC has until January to make a decision on the merger.