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Action for annulment

Action for annulment

Action for annulment (article 263 TFEU) (“recours en annulation”)

This is by far the most frequent type of proceedings. In such a case, an applicant is asking the General Court to annul an act of the EU institutions (in general either because of a procedural irregularity or because of an incorrect assessment of the substance of the case). For DG Competition's antitrust activities, this can be for instance the addressee of a prohibition decision challenging the validity of that decision; or a complainant asking for the annulment of the Commission's decision by which its complaint has been rejected. On average, in the area of antitrust, there are around 50 new actions for annulment every year.

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