Committee composed of representatives of the Member States which is consulted by the Commission in antitrust and merger cases where such a consultation is foreseen. A preliminary draft decision by the Commission is submitted to, and discussed with, the advisory committee in question. The advisory committee issues an opinion, which shall be taken into account in the final Commission decision.

Source: Glossary of terms used in EU competition policy, Antitrust and control of concentrations, European Commission, 2002