Confidentiality Legal framework

Confidentiality Legal framework

Access to file and confidentiality: Legal framework

The right of the parties to have access to the file is laid down in Article 27(1) and (2) of Regulation No 1/2003 and Article 15(1) of Commission Regulation No 773/2004.

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The rules defining the scope of the identification and protection of confidential information are laid down in Article 16 of Commission Regulation No 773/2004. Article 28 of Regulation No 1/2003 defines the professional secrecy, which obliges the Commission not to disclose confidential information.

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The Commission Notice on access to file 1 explains the principles relating to access to file as well as the treatment of confidential information.


See Also


  • Information about Confidentiality Legal framework in the Antitrust Manual of Procedures for the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (Internal DG Competition)


[Note 1]
Commission Notice on the rules for access to the Commission file in cases pursuant to Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty, Articles 53, 54 and 57 of the EEA Agreement and Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004, OJ C 325, 22.12.2005, p. 7; hereafter “Notice on access to file”.

Further Reading

  • Information about Confidentiality Legal framework in “An Introduction to EU Competition Law”, Moritz Lorenz (Cambridge University Press)

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