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Commission carries out unannounced inspections in defence sector

Christian Fernsby |
On 23 November 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at the premises of a company active in the defence sector.

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The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices. The Commission officials were accompanied by a counterpart from the relevant national competition authority.

Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step in an investigation into suspected anticompetitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the company is guilty of anti competitive behaviour nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.

There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anticompetitive conduct.

Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned cooperate with the Commission and the scope of the exercise of the rights of defence.

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