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Current developments in European and French antitrust investigations (October 2016 – May 2017)

This article provides an update on the rules applying to antitrust investigations carried out by DGCOMP and the French Competition Authorities. The new rules, case law and agency initiatives in that field over the past eight months are covered. At the EU level, the Commission notably published its ECN+ proposal for a directive to empower the national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers. At the French level, a number of decisions of interest have been delivered, including the decision of the ECHR in the Janssen Cilag case concerning IT seizures, the aftermath of the Brenntag case on the absence of judicial review concerning investigation powers exercised without a warrant, and the Novartis and Carrefour judgments, that are of particular interest in relation to the procedure of temporarily closed seals.

1. Le sujet des pouvoirs d’enquête des autorités de concurrence se renouvelle encore et toujours constamment. Il s’agit d’une source apparemment inépuisable de friction entre droits procéduraux des entreprises et effectivité de l’action des autorités. Les lignes bougent en permanence et cette revue d’actualité ne fait pas exception. 2. Tout d’abord, la Commission a enfin rendu publique sa proposition de directive ECN+ visant à établir un socle procédural commun au niveau des autorités nationales. Intéressante initiative, qui demeure assez décevante sur le terrain des droits procéduraux des entreprises, la Commission s’étant concentrée quasi exclusivement sur les pouvoirs procéduraux des autorités. Aussi incomplète que soit la proposition de directive à cet égard, elle parvient néanmoins à relancer le débat

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Current developments in European and French antitrust investigations (October 2016 – May 2017), September 2017, Concurrences Review N° 3-2017, Art. N° 84411, pp.195-202

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