Access to the File

Term used to describe the right of a respondent in a European Competition law proceeding to review the evidence against it. The detailed procedure and limits on such access were set forth in a Commission Notice published in 2004 OJ C 259/8. The legal basis for access to the file is set forth, both in the basic EU competition procedure regulations (i.e., Article 27 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 (2003 OJ L 1/1) and Article 15 of its implementing regulation (Commission Regulation (EC) No 773/2004 (2004 OJ L 123/18) and Article 18 of the Merger Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2004 OJ L 24/1) and Article 17 of its implementing regulation (Commission Regulation (EC) No 802/2004 (2004 OJ L 133/1 (corrections 2004 OJ L 172/9))).

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