The EU General Court annuls in part the Commission’s inspection decisions following suspicions of anticompetitive practices by a number of French undertakings in the distribution sector (Casino, Guichard-Perrachon / Achats Marchandises Casino) (Intermarché Casino Achats) (Les Mousquetaires / ITM Entreprises)

The General Court annuls in part the Commission’s inspection decisions following suspicions of anticompetitive practices by a number of French undertakings in the distribution sector* The Commission has failed to show that it had sufficiently strong evidence to suspect exchanges of information concerning the future commercial strategies of the undertakings After receiving information concerning exchanges of information between a number of undertakings and associations of undertakings in the food and non-food distribution sector, the European Commission adopted, in February 2017, a series of decisions ordering several companies to submit to inspections [1] (‘the inspection decisions’). Those decisions were adopted pursuant to Article 20(1) and (4) of Regulation No 1/2003 on the

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General Court of the European Union, The EU General Court annuls in part the Commission’s inspection decisions following suspicions of anticompetitive practices by a number of French undertakings in the distribution sector (Casino, Guichard-Perrachon / Achats Marchandises Casino) (Intermarché Casino Achats) (Les Mousquetaires / ITM Entreprises), 5 October 2020, e-Competitions November 2020 - II, Art. N° 97023

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