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Competition Policy

Leniency applications

How to make an application for Leniency

In order to benefit from the Notice, companies can approach the Commission directly or through a legal adviser. To apply for leniency please contact the Commission only through the following dedicated email address: comp-leniency@ec.europa.euor via the e-leniency tooleleniency.ec.europa.eu

The use of the dedicated email address or the eLeniency online tool ensures that the precise time and date of the contact is duly recorded and that the information is treated with the utmost confidentiality within the Commission. Before sending the actual submission we would advise that you seek assistance from one of the Commission officials involved in leniency by calling the following dedicated telephone numbers:

Telephone numbers: +32 2 298.41.90 or +32 2 298.41.91

Because of the need for confidentiality of leniency applications, companies are requested not to send any application to the Commission by any channel other than the leniency email address or the eLeniency online tool.

Please note that these telephone numbers are only to be used for leniency applications. Given the importance of keeping these lines clear so that companies can make their applications promptly, no other queries will be answered.

The telephones are monitored from 09.00 to 17.00 on weekdays. Outside of these times, please use the leniency email address or the eLeniency online tool.

For more information on eLeniency, click here

Due to technical constraints, the size of a single email sent to DG Competition should not exceed 15 MB. If your message exceeds 15 MB, please split it into separate emails.

Oral statements procedure - Due to the covid-19, the oral procedure is not available until further notice

Important information on the organisation and procedure of oral statements can be found in this document. Read this document before making your first oral statement.

Waivers of confidentiality

The Commission Leniency Notice sets a requirement for a leniency applicant to inform the Commission about any other applications it has filed or intends to file with other competition authorities. The purpose of this information is to enable the Commission to coordinate its investigation with other competition authorities. Save for information exchanges within the European Competition Network, which are governed by specific rules (see Regulation 1/2003 and the Commission Notice on cooperation within the Network of Competition Authorities), the Commission will only discuss information received under the Leniency Notice with other competition authorities pursuant to a confidentiality waiver provided by the leniency applicant.

In order to facilitate the provision of waivers and to increase their uniformity worldwide, the International Competition Network (ICN) has adopted Waiver Templates and an Explanatory Note (2014). DG Competition has fully endorsed this guidance and accordingly requests that leniency applicants provide it with a full waiver of confidentiality using the ICN template. The applicants should give the waiver immediately when making their first submission under the Commission Leniency Notice.

The ICN waiver template does not preclude exchange of documents received from leniency applicants between the competition authorities. However, DG Competition will generally not exchange such documents with the competition authorities listed in the waiver. It is only exceptionally, and pursuant to the applicant's prior consent, that such exchanges could take place.

 

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