PARIS May 18 Telecoms group Altice
said it would challenge accusations by the European Commission
that it had taken control of PT Portugal before winning approval
for the acquisition from the European Union antitrust regulator
"Altice does not agree with the European Commission's
preliminary conclusions and will submit a full response," the
company said on Thursday, after the EU executive issued a formal
statement of objections setting out its allegations.
"The investigation proceedings do not affect the approval
granted by the European Commission for the acquisition of PT
Portugal," the Altice statement added.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Laurence Frost)