The European Commission has confirmed that it recently carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of various electrical equipment producers suspected of breaking EU competition laws. The companies targeted were all manufacturers of Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems, tools used to increase the power transfer abilities of electricity transmission networks. The manufacturers’ offices were inspected on 20 January 2010 amid suspicions that they had breached the prohibition on cartels and restrictive business practices contained in Article 101 TFEU. However, the Commission stressed that the mere occurrence of an inspection does not mean that the firms involved have committed any infringement. The investigation into the allegations is at a relatively early stage.