Carlsberg's bid to take over part of Scottish & Newcastle has been approved by the European Union.

Speaking to just-drinks today (11 March) a spokesperson for Carlsberg confirmed that regulators from the EU said on Friday that there would not be any competition concerns for the Danish brewer as part of its joint bid for S&N with Heineken.

The completion of the GBP7.8bn (US$15.3bn) deal would see Carlsberg acquiring Baltic Beverages Holding and S&N's French, Greek and Chinese operations, while Heineken would take control of its UK, US, Indian and other markets.

Heineken's portion of the deal is still being reviewed, after it has raised anti-trust issue concerns following a referral to the EU from the Irish Competition Authority. Concerns stem from Heineken acquiring Beamish & Crawford in Ireland, potentially creating a duopoly in the Irish on-trade market with Guinness owner Diageo.

Last week, the deadline for Heineken's competition inquiry into its proposed acquisition of S&N's assets was extended from 18 March to 4 April.