The European Commission imposes a € 38 M fine on electricity operator for breaking the Commission seals during an investigation (E.ON)

"The E.ON seals case - €38 million fine for tampering with Commission seals"* In January 2008, the Commission — making use of its new powers under Article 23(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 [1] for the first time — imposed a fine of EUR 38 million on the German energy company, E.ON Energie AG (E.ON), for a breach of the Commission’s procedural rules. The Commission had found a seal broken on a door of E.ON’s premises during an inspection in May 2006. The article summarises the facts and the legal assessment of the decision [2]. I. The events of the night of 29 May 2006 On 29 May 2006 the Commission carried out an unannounced inspection at E.ON‘s premises, based on information that the E.ON Group was involved in anti-competitive practices in the field of energy [3]. The inspection

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  • European Commission (Brussels)
  • European Anti-Fraud Office - OLAF (Brussels)

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Oliver Koch, Dominik Schnichels, The European Commission imposes a € 38 M fine on electricity operator for breaking the Commission seals during an investigation (E.ON), 30 janvier 2008, e-Competitions January 2008, Art. N° 35263

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