According to Reuters, Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has said that he's "100% certain" of reaching an agreement with UniCredito over the merger of Bank Pekao and Bank BPH. Marcinkiewicz reiterated the government's concerns on the dominant market position of the merged bank but he said he hoped talks with UniCredito CEO Alessandro Profumo could offer a solution satisfying both sides. He stated "this (future agreement) may mean that the Italian bank will understand that its actions infringe the previous agreement and honourably retreat from its plan. But it could also mean finding some compromise which would fulfill the previous agreement between Poland and UniCredito but give the bank satisfaction from completing the merger."
Separately, deputy treasury minister Pawel Szalamacha held talks on the merger with EC commissioner Philip Lowe. The EC has not yet commented on the results of the talks. The EC spokesman stated that the EC has to take time to examine if the 1999 Bank Pekao privatization agreement is legal after Poland entered EU.