The EU Commission publishes guidelines to facilitate access to antitrust files

On 12 December 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) published two new guidance documents facilitating access to the Commission’s files by undertakings subject to antitrust proceedings. These documents are part of the Commission’s efforts to increase the transparency of competition procedures, guarantee due process and ensure the undertakings’ rights of defence. They follow the Best Practices on Data Rooms as well as the Guidance on confidentiality claims published by the Commission in 2015 and the Recommendations for the use of electronic document submissions published in 2016. The first new guidance document (available here) covers the use of “confidentiality rings” in antitrust access-to-file proceedings and represents a mere codification of DG Competition’s

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Martin Favart, The EU Commission publishes guidelines to facilitate access to antitrust files, 12 December 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88827

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