Cases Art.81/82 (ex 85/86) closed by Comfort Letter
The Competition DG has to deal every year with a large number of
notifications from parties seeking negative clearance or exemption.
The majority of cases (where a formal decision is not justified) are
closed, with the parties' agreement, by administrative
("comfort") letter. This is a much simpler and speedier
Comfort letters are addressed to the parties concerned and are not
published. In some cases however a summary of the notification and an
indication of the Commission's intention to deal with it by comfort
letter is first published in the Official Journal, C series. A full list
of cases closed by comfort letter, together with brief summaries of the most important or interesting cases
concerned appears in the annual Report
on Competition Policy. each year.