Confidentiality in handling of the applications

All information and evidence received in applications under the Leniency Notice are treated as confidential. This is especially so where the case is initiated as the result of such an application, as the application will in most cases be followed by surprise inspections. For such cases, special security measures apply until the inspections have taken place (or Article 18 letters have been sent, unless the confidential status is not released despite the latter measure).

More about Confidentiality

All documents should remain at the Commission's premises and be placed on the case file following strict security treatment.


See Also


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

Further Reading

  • Information about Confidentiality in EU Competition Procedure, 3rd. Edition, Edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco (Oxford University Press)

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