Access to the file


Institution Definition

Right of natural or legal persons who are parties to a Commission investigation to see the Commission’s file, whenever the Commission proposes to adopt a decision which would be unfavourable to those parties. Access is given in the course of the administrative procedure to all the documents of the case concerned, with the exception of internal Commission documents, business secrets of other companies and other confidential information. Access to the file is thus one of the principal procedural guarantees intended to protect the rights of defence of the parties. © European Commission

See also Commission Notice on the rules for access to the Commission file, 22 December 2005.

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