On 15 December 2010, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) handed down a tough but very thoroughly argued decision on the infringement of breaking of an official seal. The European Commission had ordered an inspection of the premises of the company E.ON Energie AG in the context of an investigation into anticompetitive practices. As the inspection could not be completed in one day, certain documents requiring a more detailed examination were placed in a room at the premises which was locked and had an official seal of the Commission affixed to it. The next day, the Commission inspectors discovered that the seal had been tampered with - as shown by the appearance of the word VOID which appears when such a seal is removed, and also by traces of glue found around it. By
The EU General Court confirms the €38 million fine imposed for breaking a seal affixed to an office of a company by the Commission during an inspection (E.ON Energie)
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