Requests for extension

Requests for extension

Reminders and requests for extension

If so requested by the addressee, an extension of the time-limit may be granted. The addressee should provide the reasons for the request for the extension of the time-limit, sufficiently in advance to the expiry of the time limit, in writing (letter or e-mail). If the Commission considers the request to be justified, additional time (depending on the complexity of the information asked and other factors) will be granted. The Commission may also agree with the addressee of the request that certain parts of the requested information that are of particular importance or easily available for the addressee will be supplied within a shorter time limit, whereas additional time will be granted for supplying the remaining information. In case an extension of the time-limit is granted, the new time-limit must be communicated to the addressee.

More about Requests for extension

If undertakings replied to the request but did not send a non-confidential version of their reply or did not substantiate their claim for confidentiality and provide a concise description of each piece of deleted information, one or two reminder(s) are normally sent. If the undertakings do not comply with their obligations to provide a non-confidential version, particularly if reminded of them, the Commission may assume that the information provided is accessible (see Article 16 (4) Reg. 773/2004) 1 . Only if certain information is very obviously confidential, the Commission may draw up a non-confidential version itself.


See Also


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


[Note 1]
See details in the Module on Access to the file.

Further Reading

  • Information about Requests for extension in “An Introduction to EU Competition Law”, Moritz Lorenz (Cambridge University Press)

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