The Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court) handed down a judgment on 14th December 2012 in Nexans v Commission case concerning the power of the Commission to conduct dawn raids. The judgment confirmed that the Commission does not have the power to conduct “fishing expeditions” but has to specify the scope of its investigation so as to enable the undertaking concerned to limit its cooperation to those activities in respect of which the Commission has reasonable grounds for suspecting an infringement of the competition rules. Legal basis for dawn raids According to the Council Regulation 1/2003, the Commission is empowered to conduct on-site inspections of undertakings suspected of competition law violations and, as part of that authority, to inter alia enter any
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