The EU Commission reforms antitrust procedures and expands role of hearing officer

European Commission reforms Antitrust Procedures and expands Role of Hearing Officer* On 17 October 2011, the European Commission adopted a package of measures aimed at increasing interaction with parties in antitrust proceedings and strengthening the mechanisms for safeguarding parties’ procedural rights. These measures will increase the transparency and fairness of competition proceedings. They give parties a clear picture of what to expect at different stages of an antitrust investigation and increase their ability to interact with the Commission services. If parties have a dispute about their procedural rights they can refer the matter to the competition hearing officer, who will have an enhanced role throughout the entirety of antitrust proceedings. The best

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European Competition Network Brief, The EU Commission reforms antitrust procedures and expands role of hearing officer, 20 octobre 2011, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 40455

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