Consolidated version

Consolidated version

How to establish a consolidated version from which all information that may not be published has been removed

The case team will prepare a consolidated version for publication by introducing the following into the relevant document (decision, summary of the decision etc): – deletions of confidential information (information with respect to which confidentiality claims have been accepted) of all addressees; – deletions of personal data; and – deletions of information where disclosure may undermine the protection of the purpose of Commission investigations.

More about Consolidated version

Deleted text are replaced by a non-confidential summary in square brackets or are shown as […].

More about the Subject

As regards summaries of confidential information, should various parties provide different summaries of the same confidential information, it is for the case team to decide whether to put in a summary at all, whether to choose one supplied by the parties or to establish one on the basis of those suggested by the parties.

Other Considerations

The following text should appear as an asterisked note on the first page of the non-confidential version of the decision: “Parts of this text have been edited to ensure that confidential information is not disclosed. Those parts are replaced by a non-confidential summary in square brackets or are shown as […].”


Under specific circumstances, an indication of appropriate ranges may be used to replace detailed information on the companies' turnover or market share (e.g. a market share of 12.5% can be replaced by a market share range of 10-20%).


The case team will send this single consolidated version to all parties, informing them that this version will be published by the Commission, should they not raise any objections within the deadline given.


A short but reasonable deadline is set in the accompanying letter signed by the case manager.


The preparation of the consolidated version has to be carried out with particular caution to avoid any possibility of accidentally disclosing confidential information of one party to another. Before the final consolidated “blanked out” version is sent to the parties, at least two persons will have to have verified the text. In this context, a similarly high degree of care and attention has to be applied as in access to file.


Once the deadline has expired and no party has objected to the final consolidated “blanked out” version of the non-confidential version, the process of actual publication can be started.


See Also


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

Further Reading

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

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