EU: Mandelson letter won't affect approach on Opel


BRUSSELS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - European Union regulators said on Thursday they would scrutinise carefully any state aid given to carmaker Opel as countries with Opel plants heaped pressure on the European Commission to ensure strict rules are followed.

British business secretary Peter Mandelson has sent a letter to EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, questioning the viability of Magna International's plan to buy Opel, General Motors' main European arm.

"Will Mr Mandelson's letter make any difference to that? Quite honestly no, because we are doing it already," Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd told a briefing, referring to efforts by the EU executive to ensure the deal satisfied rules on aid. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee and Bate Felix; Editing by Dale Hudson)



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