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Power of Attorney (PoA)


  • Inspection explanatory note:
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    Describes what happens during an inspection and clarifies the rights and obligations of the company being inspected.
  • Sample inspection authorisation: Template of the document presented to the company at the start of an inspection. It lists the names of the authorised inspectors.
  • Picture of a typical seal used during an inspection.
  • Demo: Viewing electronic data during inspections

    This Demo provides an example of the manner in which documents are now made available to company representatives during Commission inspections. In essence, the Demo provides a "mock" electronic report that contains a description of certain files and a hyperlink to directly access the files. In addition, there is also a file that contains the 'hash value' of the data set.
  • To see the content of the Demo CD, download and unzip the "Demo CD" (zip file).
    The Demo CD (zip file) contains a "readme" file with instructions. Read these first. The Demo CD (zip file) also contains two folders, one with the data for a Microsoft Outlook environment and another file for a non-Outlook environment.
    The Demo CD only works on a Windows environment.
    Please note that DG Competition does not provide technical support for accessing the information on the Demo CD.

Submission of documents

Confidentiality (Access to File)

Best practices on the disclosure of information in data rooms
Guidance on the use of (voluntary) confidentiality rings (docx format )

Confidentiality (Publication of decisions)

Inability to pay

Antitrust Manual of Procedures: