POWERS OF INVESTIGATION - EUROPEAN COMMISSION - NATIONAL COMPETITION AUTHORITIES - MEMBER STATES - ARTICLES 81 AND 82 EC - PROCEDURAL RIGHTS AND GUARANTEES

Powers of investigation and procedural rights and guarantees in EU antitrust enforcement : The interplay between European and national legislation and case-law

This paper deals with the powers of investigation of the European Commission and of the competition authorities of the Member States for the enforcement of Articles 81 and 82 EC, and with the procedural rights and guarantees that circumscribe or limit these powers. It focuses in particular on the question which law governs these matters (EC or EU law, national law, and the European Convention on Human Rights), and by whom or how the content of this law is determined (by European and national legislation, and case-law of the EC Court of Justice and Court of First Instance, national courts, and the European Court of Human Rights).

I. Powers of investigation 1. Different ways of gathering intelligence and evidence 1. Under Regulation No 1/2003, [1] the European Commission (hereafter also : « the Commission ») and the competition authorities of the Member States (hereafter also : « the national competition authorities »), forming together a network of competition authorities (hereafter also : « the competition authorities » and « the European Competition Network »), [2] have the task of detecting and punishing violations of Articles 81 and 82 EC. [3] To fulfil this task, they need intelligence and evidence of such violations. 2. The competition authorities could collect the necessary information (intelligence and evidence) from various sources. Information could be obtained in particular from complainants or other

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  • European Commission (Brussels)

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Wouter Wils, Powers of investigation and procedural rights and guarantees in EU antitrust enforcement : The interplay between European and national legislation and case-law, mai 2006, Revue Concurrences N° 2-2006, Art. N° 34930, www.concurrences.com

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