Voluntary Adjustments and Conclusion of the Procedure without a
The Administrative Procedure as an Opportunity for Adjustment
From the very commencement of the investigation of a case, undertakings can reach an amicable agreement with the Commission if they agree to bring their activities into line with Community competition law.1
The Commission usually informs undertakings of the investigations which it has commenced concerning them at the earliest stage of the inquiries and, in particular, always sends the undertakings a copy of the complaints received against them, usually before, but certainly no later than, the sending of the statement of objections. Moreover, the Commission is open to all kinds of direct contact, which enable undertakings to gain better knowledge both of the procedures and of the substantive rules of competition law. This means that in many cases the undertakings themselves, aware of the Commission's critical view of particular agreements, conduct or practices, change their own behaviour appropriately, thus avoiding the initiation of an infringement procedure or the adoption of a formal decision against them.
Voluntary adjustments are always possible, but must conform with the requirements imposed by the Commission. If a proposal for adjustments does not meet all its requirements, the Commission is free to go on with the infringement procedure.2