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Is the food sector ripe for a sectoral inquiry?

5 July 2012
International Law Office
The European Commission’s competition department (DG COMP) has the power to investigate an industry or sector. Recent action by the DG COMP raises the question of whether it is likely to initiate a food sector inquiry. The DG COMP may undertake a sectoral inquiry if it concludes that “rigidity of prices or other circumstances suggest that competition may be restricted or distorted with the common market”

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