Suez Environnement and its subsidiary, Lyonnaise des Eaux (LDE) have been fined €8m for breaching a seal placed on a door by European Commission officials during an investigation. Officials placed seals on doors of LDE’s offices at the end of the first day of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct in the water and waste water market. Returning to the office on the second morning, a Commission inspector found that one of the adhesive seals had been disturbed and showed an irreversible “Open Void” sign. The companies concerned admit that an employee had disturbed the seal but said that it was an unintentional act. The Commission said that it did take into account the companies’ cooperative attitude when setting the level of the fine but was keen to point out that breaches of seals are a serious infringement.