Informal fact-finding

Informal fact-finding

Informal fact-finding

Information about companies and industries, current and historical news, legal and economic literature as well as statistics can be obtained from external commercial databases or through DG Competition Library's collections and resources. If necessary, specific studies may be commissioned from external experts.

More about Informal fact-finding

In order to gather information about a given economic sector, contacts may be taken with other Commission services (Eurostat, DG ENTR, …).

More about the Subject

Information may be obtained also through informal contacts with National Competition Authorities (hereafter NCA).

Other Considerations

Informal meetings or phone-calls may be organised by the case-teams with undertakings.


See Also


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

Further Reading

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

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