Scope of the investigation after opening of proceedings
Possibility to change the scope of the investigation after opening of proceedings
The opening of proceedings does not limit the right of the Commission to extend (or reduce) the scope and/or the addressees of the investigation at a later point in time; e.g. the in-depth investigation or a reorientation of the case may imply taking up and investigating new aspects, or dropping some existing aspects of the case 1 . Where the investigation is extended, it is necessary to open proceedings in respect of additional infringements at the latest at the stage of the Statement of Objections or the Preliminary Assessment.
- Information about Scope of the investigation after opening of proceedings in the Antitrust Manual of Procedures for the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (Internal DG Competition)
[Note 1] In deciding whether to include new elements the trade-off between scope and duration of the investigation must be taken into account.
- Information about Scope of the investigation after opening of proceedings in “An Introduction to EU Competition Law”, Moritz Lorenz (Cambridge University Press)