The EU Court of Justice confirms that the General Court is not bound to accept a request for the examination of witnesses when it has sufficiently proven that an undertaking took part in an anti-competitive agreement (Silver Plastics)

Witness Hearings In Competition Cases – The Silver Plastics Judgment* On 22 October 2020, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed in Silver Plastics that the General Court (GC) is not bound to accept a request for the examination of witnesses when it has sufficiently proven that an undertaking took part in an anti-competitive agreement. Executive Summary The ECJ has confirmed that there is no absolute right to obtain the attendance of witness(es) before the EU Courts. The ruling is in line with precedents from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In particular, there is no violation of the right to a fair trial and the principle of equality of arms by refusing to hear a witness if the examination is not relevant and necessary for the outcome of the case. The judgment is

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Pierre Bichet, The EU Court of Justice confirms that the General Court is not bound to accept a request for the examination of witnesses when it has sufficiently proven that an undertaking took part in an anti-competitive agreement (Silver Plastics), 22 octobre 2020, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 97766

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