Nathalie Jalabert-Doury outlines the two main competition inspection regimes provided for in Regulation 1/2003: inspections carried out on the basis of a Commission decision (Article 20, 4), and those carried out on the basis of an authorization (Article 20, 3). For each regime, she describes the entire course of an inspection in chronological order and with extreme precision. Specific inspection procedures (such as in the merger field) are also dealt with separately, as are inspections based on cooperation mechanisms within the European Competition Network.
Enriched by the author's extensive experience on the subject, this book is a necessary and essential guide for competition law practitioners faced with a European inspection. It is a must-read for members of authorities, judges, in-house counsel and lawyers.
"The power to conduct inspections of undertakings is
essential in order to enable the Commission to perform its task of
protecting the common market from distortions of competition.
Nevertheless, it is quite as essential to safeguard the rights of
the concerned undertakings during such inspections. The contours
and conditions of exercise of the power of inspection are thus
continually affined through the Commission's practice and its
scrutiny by the European Court of Justice. This book gives a
comprehensive, complete and very clearly written overview of this
Juliane Kokott - Court of Justice of the European Union.
"A practioners' guide is a must have for in-house
counsels to handle EU inspections when they occur. This one is very
well documented and practical to ensure you have access to the
Ariane Oesterreicher - Veolia Environnement
"The dawn raid is by far the most powerful
investigatory tool in the European Commission's toolbox. Any
attempts at obstructing a dawn raid can and will be costly. Being
well prepared and knowing not only your rights but also your
responsibilities is therefore crucial to ensure that the business
cooperates fully while minimizing disruption and protecting your
legal position. Competition Inspections under EU Law - A
Practitioner's Guide takes you through the different steps of
the dawn raid and helps you avoid any unpleasant surprises or
pitfalls during its course. A must have."
Helene Andersson - Stockholm University
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