The EU General Court annuls a decision of the Commission and confirms the obligation to carry out concrete, individual examination when access to documents is requested (Verein für Konsumenteninformation)

THE COURT ANNULS A COMMISSION DECISION REJECTING IN ITS ENTIRETY A REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE FILE IN A COMPETITION CASE CONCERNING AUSTRIAN BANKS* Concrete, individual examination of the documents referred to in a request for access is one of the elementary duties of an institution in response to such a request. By decision of 11 June 2002, [1] the Commission found that eight Austrian banks had participated, over a number of years, in a cartel known as the ‘Lombard Club’ covering almost the whole of Austria (‘the Lombard Club decision’). In the Commission's view, the banks referred to had, within that cartel, inter alia, jointly fixed the interest rates for certain investments and loans. The Commission therefore imposed fines totalling 124.26 million

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General Court of the European Union, The EU General Court annuls a decision of the Commission and confirms the obligation to carry out concrete, individual examination when access to documents is requested (Verein für Konsumenteninformation), 13 April 2005, e-Competitions April 2005, Art. N° 93766

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