The European Commission (EC) is set to rubber-stamp the merger of America Online with Time Warner.

The 20 EC commissioners meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to vote on the issues of the week. Competition experts consulted by the commissioners in Brussels, and in the 15 member states, have indicated they are ready to clear the deal.

The EC is coming to the end of a four-month in-depth probe into the merger. The likeliest condition to be attached by the EC is for AOL to sever its link with German media-group Bertelsmann in its 50-50 joint venture, AOL Europe, according to Brussels-based lawyers specializing in EU competition law.

Another condition may be a similar severing of ties between AOL and Vivendi SA.