The EPO is now running into some practical problems with the new rules.
It can happen that you get a communication stamped "Examining Division" on EP entry.
However, this is not the "first communication fro the Examining Division: for filing divisionals.
You may also be asked to respond to the first office action even if its not required. But legally there will be no loss of rights if you don't respond.
Good luck explaining this to a formalities officer in your firm ;-)