Cement appeal stifles EC competition powers

Author: Tom Young | Published: 15 Mar 2016

Last week’s ruling on limits to the European Commission’s (EC) information requests within competition investigations will provide a boost to companies operating under its demanding antitrust regime.

On March 10 the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) held that the reasons contained in the EC's information requests to cement companies from 2010 onwards was "excessively brief, vague and generic".

Perhaps most importantly, the Commission was criticised for its failure to state the reasons for information requests and the short timelines given to companies to respond. The ruling will be welcomed by...