The European Commission can confirm that on 14 February 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the generation, transmission and supply of electricity in Greece.
The Commission has concerns that the relevant companies may have engaged in anti-competitive practices in breach of EU antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant position (Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) or that they are in possession of information relating to such practices.The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the Hellenic Competition Commission.
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 Commission respects the rights of defence, in particular the right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.
There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anti-competitive conduct. Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the companies concerned co-operate with the Commission and the exercise of the rights of defence.