Unilever's proposed merger with Bestfoods was today approved by the European Commission, allowing the transaction to proceed. As part of the EU clearance decision, Unilever has given commitments to dispose of certain businesses where the Commission has identified overlap issues. These are its Bla Band brand in Sweden, Finland and Denmark; its Batchelors brand in the UK; its McDonnells brand in Ireland; and its Oxo and Royco brands in Europe.