[9 December/ Bloomberg] According to people familiar with the matter, Bayer would receive a statement of objections listing reasons why the European Union’s antitrust regulator could block its proposed USD 66 billion takeover of Monsanto. The list of objections may help the companies by laying out regulators’ concerns so that they could be addressed with a package of concessions. Bayer and Monsanto officials have met with the European Union and were in regular contact to resolve the issues. European Union Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager said regulators were looking very carefully at the competition issues that could arise to ensure farmers still had choice and affordable prices when it came to seeds and pesticides.