Further access to the file

Further access to the file

Handling of further access to the file after the Statement of Objection has been issued

Access to file is in principle only granted on a single occasion, following the notification of the Commission's objections to the parties. 1

More about Further access to the file

In practice further access to file must be given when additional incriminating (if the Commission intends to use them in the final Decision) and/or potentially exonerating pre-existing documents are placed in the file subsequent to the reply to the SO and the oral hearing or further investigation. This new round of access to file will require handling new confidentiality issues.

More about the Subject

Should a party after receipt of the SO and its revision of the accessible documents consider that it needs further access to specific undisclosed information in the file (confidential information, business secrets or internal documents), it is required to send a reasoned request for further access to this information to the case team. DG Competition assesses the request according to the same rules for access to the file as described above.


See Also


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


[Note 1]
Notice on access to file, para. 27.

Further Reading

  • Information about Further access to the file in “An Introduction to EU Competition Law”, Moritz Lorenz (Cambridge University Press)

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