It was announced on 7 February that Warner Music Group had taken over part of EMI, including its Belgian division.
The European Commission approved Universal's take-over of EMI in the autumn of 2012 subject, however, to that condition that some parts of EMI then be sold to third parties. The Commission had fears about Universal having a too dominant position in the market. That would enable them to demand higher prices and impose stronger licensing conditions on digital distributors, such as Apple and Spotify, to the disadvantage of the consumer.
In addition to the so-called Parlophone Label Group (grouping of the Parlophone, Ensign and Chrysalis labels), some local EMI divisions were also taken over by Warner. They included, among others, the subsidiaries in France, Spain, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as Belgium.
What this means in terms of reorganisation for EMI Music Belgium and Warner Music Benelux will probably be clear by the summer.