Brussels -- The European Commission has confirmed that it has conducted unannounced inspections at a number of polyurethane foam companies as "a preliminary step into suspected anticompetitive practices," a 3 Aug statement from the Commission said.
"The European Commission can confirm that, starting on 27 July 2010, Commission officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the polyurethane foam sector in several Member States. The Commission has reason to believe that the companies concerned may have violated European antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the EU Treaty and Article. 53 of the EEA Agreement)."
Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national authorities, the statement said.
The Commission also pointed out that the inspections do not mean that the companies raided are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.
No legal deadline to complete the inquiries into anticompetitive conduct have been set. (RD)