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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

I would like to know the number of all competition investigation cases separated by policy type e.g mergers, cartels etc that have been started by the European commission in the last 5 years.

I would like to know this number broken down by quarter, using a March 31 2017 year end. If it not possible to break it down by quarter then I would like the data on an annual basis, using a March 31 year end, if this is not possible then by using a December 31 year end.
I would also like to know this information broken down by country if possible in the scope of the freedom of information act.

If any aspect of my request is unclear, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

Dear Mrs Chapman,

Thank you for your request for access to documents.

Unfortunately you have not indicated your postal address that is required for registering and handling your request in line with the procedural requirements. Please send us your full postal address at your earliest convenience. Pending your reply, we reserve the right to refuse the registration of your request.

Yours faithfully,

COMP ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

 

European Commission
DG COMPETITION
Unité R1
MADOU 12/78
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

My full address for the purpose of this FOI is
3 Quastels House, 32 Long Lane
London
SE1 4AY
United Kingdom

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

As I have previously stated - My full address for the purpose of this FOI is
3 Quastels House, 32 Long Lane
London
SE1 4AY
United Kingdom

Yours faithfully,
Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

Dear Mrs Chapman,

It was well received, your request is being handled.
Yours faithfully,

COMP ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

 

European Commission
DG COMPETITION
Unité R1
MADOU 12/47
B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

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Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

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By email only

 

Mrs. Catherine Chapman

3 Quastels House, 32 Long Lane

London

SE1 4AY

United Kingdom

[3][FOI #4210 email]

                                      
                                                       

   

 

 

 

 

 

Subject:        Your application for access to documents – Ref GestDem
2017/2655

 

Dear Mrs. Chapman,

 

We refer to your request dated 28/04/2017, in which you make a request for
access to documents, registered on 28/04/2017 under the above mentioned
reference number.

We have extracted figures from our database on Competition cases started
during the last 5 years by Directorate General of Competition. As you will
see below, the tables are presented by policy area.

For State Aid Cases we have presented separately the cases notified by
Member States and those cases that fall under the General block Exception
Regulation (GBER).

We would like to let you know that a breakdown of cases by Member State is
only relevant for State Aid cases, as cases related to Antitrust and
Mergers could be related to several Member States.

  Number of State Aid cases Notified              
from 2012 to 2017:
                   
      2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Sum:
    AUT 15 25 7 10 4   61
    BEL 20 14 17 8 16 3 78
    BGR 2 6 5   3   16
    CYP 8 5 5 4 3   25
    CZE 13 22 11 9 4   59
    DEU 51 85 50 33 37 10 266
    DNK 14 16 6 8 8 2 54
    ESP 39 40 21 14 17 5 136
    EST 5 9 3 1 1 1 20
    FIN 17 18 7 8 6 2 58
    FRA 20 69 30 27 28 12 186
    GBR 26 27 35 19 8 8 123
    GRC 33 28 10 11 7 1 90
    HRV   3 6 2 6 5 22
    HUN 13 20 5 7 3 1 49
    IRL 11 13 8 6 5 2 45
    ITA 34 37 31 27 22 11 162
    LTU 19 9 6 8 7 1 50
    LUX 4 4 4 1 1   14
    LVA 7 8 5 7 3 2 32
    MLT 1 3 2 1 2   9
    NLD 14 24 7 3 3 3 54
    POL 41 35 23 11 12 8 130
    PRT 13 18 15 9 8   63
    ROM 4 8 7 3 8   30
    SVK 10 6 6 4 7   33
    SVN 5 15 6 1 3 1 31
    SWE 4 14 8 13 5   44
    Sum: 443 581 346 255 237 78 1940
                   
  Number of State Aid cases under GBER              
Regulation from 2012 to 2017:
                   
      2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Sum:
    AUT 6 15 48 81 36 22 208
    BEL 23 23 46 25 39 10 166
    BGR 1 7   10 5 7 30
    CYP 8 2   4   1 15
    CZE 12 13 54 188 107 52 426
    DEU 84 68 117 829 785 104 1987
    DNK 6 14 21 25 15 11 92
    ESP 35 39 74 166 145 57 516
    EST 6 6 5 24 31 9 81
    FIN 8 3 7 21 13 2 54
    FRA 5 2 23 39 30 12 111
    GBR 42 24 81 70 55 25 297
    GRC 14 11 27 5 31 20 108
    HRV   1 11 18 13 12 55
    HUN 13 9 52 32 18 19 143
    IRL 1 4 8 7 3 3 26
    ITA 67 82 97 170 183 73 672
    LTU 8 4 7 17 43 15 94
    LUX 1 3   3 2 2 11
    LVA 8 13 16 12 22 1 72
    MLT 4 3 6 7 9 4 33
    NLD 22 37 54 188 191 101 593
    POL 21 12 26 68 33 11 171
    PRT 1 1 4 22 9 4 41
    ROM 7 3 14 12 5 5 46
    SVK 2 1 4 17 16 6 46
    SVN 8 4 5 16 18 4 55
    SWE 4 6 8 22 13 11 64
    Sum: 417 410 815 2098 1870 603 6213

 

Number of Mergers Notifications from 2012 to 2017:

 

Number of Antitrust & Cartel cases created from 2012 to 2017.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017  
January 48 24 11 20 3 32  
February 18 7 3 14 7 90  
March 9 9 10 18 29 61  
April 5 7 6 12 36 31  
May 5 13 5 2 14 31  
June 12 7 6 7 5    
July 19 6 13 7 54    
August 3 1 4 2 3    
September 7 4 8 10 61    
October 10 43 8 12 57    
November 19 17 5 5 9    
December 12 1 10 2 39    
Total 167 139 89 111 317 245 1068

 

For more information, we refer you to the Reports on Competition Policy,
published annually. They provide detailed information on the most
important policy and legislative initiatives, and on decisions adopted by
the European Commission in application of EU competition law during the
previous years.

 

[4]http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publicat...

 

The Search engine on competition cases (all policy areas) can be found
under the link:

 

[5]http://ec.europa.eu/competition/elojade/...

 

 

Disclaimers:

You may reuse the document requested free of charge for non-commercial and
commercial purposes provided that the source is acknowledged, that you do
not distort the original meaning or message of the document. Please note
that the Commission does not assume liability stemming from the reuse.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

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COMP Access to Documents  team

DG Competition-European Commission

MADOU-12-85      B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
Tel: +32 2 29 73780  

[7][email address]

 

 

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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Would it be possible to receive this data as a spreadsheet or formatted the same way as the Number of Mergers Notifications table?

It is a bit unclear in its current format.

Thank you for all your help though.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

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Dear Mrs. Chapman,

Please find attached the excel file containing the data you have
requested.

We have separated the figures per instruments and years accordingly.

Best regards

 

Access to Documents team

DG Competition-European Commission

MADOU-12-85      B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
Tel: +32 2 29 73780  

email: [2][email address]

 

 

 

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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Thanks for your help but in regards to your FOI response, this incomplete. You will need to provide the following information to complete the original FOI response:
• The geographical breakdown for cases related to Antitrust and Mergers.
• Whether this data represents competition cases investigations that have been started by the European competition commission, not ones that companies have notified to them.

I understand that a breakdown of cases by a single Member State is only relevant for State Aid cases, as cases related to Antitrust and Mergers could be related to several Member States, but we would still be interested in this information. We are especially are looking for the cases of this type that have impacted the UK.

These requests for clarification should not be taken as separate FOI requests as the initial FOI response was incorrect. I make this point only because we require this data as quickly as possible.

Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you soon. Do not hesitate to call me with any queries.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

Dear Mrs Chapman,

Since the information about the impacted member States is not relevant for our analysis in Antitrust and Merger cases, we do not store it in our IT systems and we are therefore unable to provide you with a geographical breakdown.

On your second question, the notification system by companies in Antitrust was abolished with the entry into force of regulation 1/2003 so all Antitrust and Cartel cases in the tables you received were started by the Commission. On the contrary, our merger control system is based on notifications by the merging companies so our figures for Mergers are based on notifications by companies.

Feel free to consult our website for more information on our investigations and procedures: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/index_en....

Kind regards,

Access to Documents team

DG Competition-European Commission

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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Thank you very much.

Please could you confirm whether the figures you have supplied on the number of anti-trust and cartel cases are year ending March 31 for each year (as originally requested)?

If not, please could you re-base these so that they are for year end March 31 for each of the years provided?

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

I wonder if you have seen the above request- I am keen to get a response as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Please could you confirm whether the figures you have supplied on the number of anti-trust and cartel cases are year ending March 31 for each year (as originally requested)?

If not, please could you re-base these so that they are for year end March 31 for each of the years provided?

Please could you provide me with a response as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

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Dear Mrs Chapman,

The figures have being extracted from our applications in DG Competition .

Unfortunately , the information is given in years from 1st January to
December 31st  and it would require substantial efforts to rework the data
again. At this moment we don't have the necessary resources.

We therefore do not have any documents  with the information you have
requested and the form you also mentioned. Dg COMP has already extracted
the figures for your request and prepared the report bearing in mind the
limitations.

 

Best regards,

 

 

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Access to Documents  team

DG Competition-European Commission

MADOU-12-85      B-1049 Brussels/Belgium

email: [4][email address]

 

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Catherine Chapman

Dear Competition,

Thank you so much for your response.

The data we did originally request was for March year ends and therefore we are still keen to receive it in this format , otherwise the original request has not been met.

I understand that this may require some re-working of the data, but I do not believe my request would cause a substantial delay.

Many thanks for all your help so far.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Chapman

Generaldirektion Wettbewerb

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Link: [1]File-List
Link: [2]Edit-Time-Data

 

Dear Mrs Chapman,

 

As already informed you, we have done the search specifically for your
request as there are no documents in DG Competition related to the data
you are requesting.

Unfortunately, we don't have the necessary resources to continue with your
request for information and we will not be able to send you more than what
you already received.

 

Best regards,

 

 

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Access to Documents team

DG Competition-European Commission

MADOU-12-85      B-1049 Brussels/Belgium
email: [4][email address]

 

 

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