The EU General Court dismisses the use of the Transparency Regulation to gain access to documents exchanged between the EU Commission and a national competition authority (Union de Almacenistas de Hierros de España)

Background information On 12 May 2015 the General Court has fully rejected the action brought by Union de Almacenistas de Hierros de España (“UAHE”), a professional association, against the decision taken by the European Commission on 18 June 2013. By virtue of such decision the European Commission refused to provide UAHE with access to the documentation shared by the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNC”) with the European Commission concerning the Spanish penalty proceedings S-106/08 Almacenes de Hierro and S-254/10 Hierros de Extremadura. As a result of these penalty proceedings, the CNC imposed UAHE a sanction for recommending prices to the members of its association and for an anticompetitive exchange of

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Pablo González De Zárate Catón, The EU General Court dismisses the use of the Transparency Regulation to gain access to documents exchanged between the EU Commission and a national competition authority (Union de Almacenistas de Hierros de España), 12 mai 2015, e-Competitions May 2015, Art. N° 75573

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