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EU has set July 9 deadline for decision on Vodafone purchase of Liberty assets

BRUSSELS, May 7 (Reuters) - The European Commission has set a July 9 deadline for deciding whether to approve Vodafone's proposed purchase of Liberty Global's cable business in Germany and eastern Europe.

The Commission, which oversees competition policy in the EU, said in a filing that the parties had submitted commitments on May 6. The deadline was previously listed as June 18. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop)