The EU Commission revises guidance on conduct of dawn raids

On 18 March 2013, the Commission published revised guidance on the conduct of on-the-spot inspections at the business premises of companies suspected of having engaged in anti- competitive behaviour. The main aim of the revision is to reflect rapid technological changes in the last few years as well as a number of recent landmark cases relating to dawn raid procedures. It is thus generally considered as a codification and update of the Commission’s current practice in this area. In particular, the guidance spells out the procedure for seizing and copying data held on computers and storage devices. Under Regulation 1/2003, the Commission has broad powers of investigation during competition investigations, including the power to conduct dawn raids at business premises. In this respect,

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Martin Favart, The EU Commission revises guidance on conduct of dawn raids, 18 March 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2013, Art. N° 58160

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