The European Commission (Commission) has published proposals that would allow parties to a cartel to enter into settlement discussions before a statement of objections is issued. The Commission’s aim is to simplify the administration of cartel cases, reduce litigation and re-focus resources. Under the proposals parties would be required to specify the scope and duration of the cartel, acknowledge their liability and adhere to a specified procedure. Where parties co-operate, the Commission has the power to reduce the fine imposed for infringement. Once stakeholder consultation has closed in December, the Commission will discuss final proposals with Member States with a view to adopting the measures during 2008.