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EC confirms unannounced inspections in metal packaging sector

Staff Writer |
The European Commission (EC) confirmed that on 24 April 2018 its officials carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the metal packaging sector.

The Commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.

The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

The German Competition Authority (Bundeskartellamt) initially investigated the conduct of a number of undertakings active in this sector and found that the suspected anticompetitive behaviour may have extended to markets outside Germany, in several Member States.

In line with EU antitrust rules on cooperation with the National Competition Authorities, the Commission will take over and further investigate the case.

The Commission welcomes this example of good cooperation within the European Competition Network.

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