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The European Commission has been granted broad investigative powers to review suspected anti-competitive conduct (including conduct contrary to Articles 101 and 102 TFEU as well suspected breaches of the EU Merger Regulation). Among others, the Commission has the power to conduct unannounced inspections at the premises of any undertaking located in the EEA.
Article 20 of Regulation 1/2003 provides for two types of inspections ('dawn raids'), namely:
inspections based on a binding decision, to which undertakings are legally required to submit. If not, they risk being forced to comply and incurring penalties, and
inspections based on a written authorisation, to which undertakings may refuse to submit without risking the imposition of penalties. There can be no partial or conditional submission to such inspections. The fact that undertakings have the right to object to them does not mean that (if they agree to be subject to them) the inspections will be conducted in a less robust manner than inspections based on a Commission decision
These two types of inspection constitute alternative options for the Commission, and not parts of a two-stage process (ie there is no requirement that a decision-based inspection only takes place after an attempt to inspect the undertakings on the basis of a written authorisation). The type of inspection opted for is upon the Commission’s discretion. Inspections conducted in the context
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