In May 2011, two French water management companies, Suez Environment and its subsidiary Lyonnaise des Eaux (‘LDE’), were fined €8 Million by the EC for the breach of a seal affixed by the EC during an inspection at LDE’s premises for anticompetitive conduct. Seals (plastic film adhesives) are used during inspections of company premises to ensure that the company does not remove or destroy evidence when the inspection team is absent. As inspections are a key tool for gathering evidence in competition investigations, a breach of a seal is serious infringement of competition laws. The EC, however, did take into account the immediate and constructive cooperation of Suez Environment and LDE whereby they provided more information than they were obligated to. The investigation into suspected anticompetitive practices in the water and waste markets is still ongoing.