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Mission > Confidentiality

Under the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, confidential information is warranted special protection. At the same time, access to this information can be necessary for an addressee of a statement of objections to properly exercise its rights of defence. The Hearing Officers decide on requests for access to the file, balancing the interest of confidentiality against the undertaking’s right to access all information collected throughout the proceeding. By the same token, the Hearing Officers decide on the disclosure of information whose content is claimed to be confidential when a Commission’s decision is published. Where it is intended to disclose documents containing alleged business secrets, or other confidential information, the undertaking concerned must be granted the opportunity to, first, make known its view on the intended decision of the Hearing Officer, and, second, if a decision is adopted to challenge that decision before the General Court.

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