The EU Court of Justice reinforces safeguards concerning EU Commission’s requests for information (Cement Case)

On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) annulled on appeal a series of European Commission decisions requiring several cement manufacturers to supply information within the context of a cartel probe in the cement sector (the “Contested Decisions”). The ECJ held that the Commission’s Contested Decisions were not adequately reasoned (Case C-268/14 and others, Italmobiliare SpA and others v. European Commission). In 2008/2009, the Commission carried out inspections at the premises of cement manufacturers after it had opened an investigation of its own accord, without having been informed of alleged practices by a leniency

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Martin Favart, The EU Court of Justice reinforces safeguards concerning EU Commission’s requests for information (Cement Case), 10 March 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2016, Art. N° 78996

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