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Competition: Statement on inspections in electricity sector



The EFTA Surveillance Authority can confirm that officials from the Authority and the European Commission, assisted by national competition authorities, today carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in relation to power exchanges.

Power exchanges provide services that facilitate electricity trading at wholesale level. The European Commission has reason to believe that the companies concerned may have infringed the competition rules of the EEA Agreement and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The Authority was acting on a request from the European Commission, the latter being the competent surveillance authority, pursuant to the EEA Agreement, to review the evidence gathered in this case.

Surprise inspections are a preliminary step in investigations into suspected restrictive practices. The fact that the Authority and the European Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.

There is no strict deadline to complete antitrust inquiries. Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise of the rights of defence.

Please see the European Commission's press release for further details of the case.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
Mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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