Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the motor insurance market in Ireland

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Series Details STATEMENT/17/1910 (04.07.17)
Publication Date 04/07/2017
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Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anti-competitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

The European Commission confirmed on 4 July 2017 that its officials had carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in motor insurance in Ireland.

The inspections were a result of concerns that the companies involved may have engaged in anti-competitive practices in breach of EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices and/or abuse of a dominant market position.

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Reuters, 04.07.17: EU antitrust regulator raids Irish car insurers

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