The EU Court of Human Rights condemns the Czech Republic for lack of effective independent control of competition dawn raids (Delta Pekarny)

No More Dawn Raids in the Czech Republic* For a few weeks now, the Czech Antitrust Office has stopped its dawn raids. The reason for this stems from the surprising decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (ECHR) dated 2 October 2014 (DELTA PEKARNY a.s., complaint number 97/11). In this case, the Czech Republic was held to have violated Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in course of a 2003 dawn raid. The court ordered the state to pay 5.000 EUR compensation. Even though the decision was taken with only a 4:3 majority, with strong dissenting opinions given by the three opposing judges and the decision does not yet have binding

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