PARIS — PSA Group  CEO Carlos Tavares mentioned he was self-assured the merger of the automaker and Fiat Chrysler Vehicles would go in advance as planned and produce synergies of at the very least three.seven billion euros ($4.two billion).

“The timetable of the merger with FCA is getting strictly revered,” Tavares mentioned at PSA’s annual shareholders assembly Thursday.

He added he was self-assured the offer would be finalized during the 1st quarter of 2021 “at the hottest.”

Commenting on envisioned synergies from the offer, he mentioned three.seven billion euros was a “floor.”

Last 7 days, European Union antitrust regulators opened a 4-month investigation into the proposed $fifty billion merger, declaring it might hurt competitors in tiny vans in 14 EU nations around the world and Britain.

The two carmakers experienced declined to give concessions to allay the EU competitors enforcer’s fears during its preliminary evaluate of the offer.

The offer has presently obtained the green light in the United States, China, Japan and Russia.