Advice on Dawn Raids
October 6, 2015
On 16 September 2015 the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp) published an updated version of the Explanatory note on Commission inspections pursuant to Article 20(4) of Council Regulation No 1/2003. This is handed to companies when DG Comp undertakes unannounced inspections (dawn raids) authorised by Commission decision.
The principal changes revolve around IT, procedures and data privacy, at paragraphs 10, 14 to 16, and 20 to 21. For further information about these changes see recent article, here.
Types of inspections including dawn raids, the Commission’s powers during inspections, and conduct of inspection proceedings is discussed in chapter 8 of EU Competition Procedure (3rd Edition), Edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco.