Positive sounds emanating from the European CompetitionCommissioner could indicate that the future for the Oracle and Sun merger islooking brighter than it has been for the last few weeks.
In a press conference EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes reportedly said thatshe was optimistic about getting a satisfactory result to the ongoinginvestigation into the impact on the competitive landscape in the databasemarket a tie-up between Sum and Oracle would have.
She has been making life difficult for the US techcompanies by firstly starting an investigation and then secondly following thatup with criticisms of Oracle for failing to provide decent evidence of itscase.
Oracle is starting a hearing with the EU today puttingforward its case to try and life the deadlock which has forced the deal topause, despite already being approved in the US by the Department of Justice.
Kroes said that if Oracle managed to get to the pointwhere it could say that competition would not be damaged then she wasoptimistic that things would progress.
The EC has until January to make a decision on themerger.