Interviews should be carried out by at least two persons. At least one of the interviewers needs to be a representative of the Commission (official, national expert etc.). Participants who are not working for the Commission need to be authorised by the Commission to attend/conduct the interview (e.g. consultant, national regulator). It is recommended that one of the interviewers is at least a senior case handler, if not a case manager, deputy head of unit or head of unit.

More about Interviewer

When the interviews take place at the premises of the undertaking (located within the EU), the Commission has to inform the competition authority of the Member State in whose territory the interview takes place. In such a case the national competition authority can request that (one of) its officials participate(s) in the interview. National Competition Authorities should normally be informed at least 2 weeks in advance.


See Also


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

Further Reading

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

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