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Cases Art.81/82 (ex 85/86) closed by Comfort Letter

1997 1998 1999
1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990

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 procedure.

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.