The Commission has opened formal proceedings in its investigation into whether luxury watch manufacturers have breached the competition rules by refusing to supply spare parts to independent watch repairers.  

The Commission’s move to open proceedings against the luxury watch manufacturers follows a ruling by the General Court in December 2010 which annulled a Commission decision to reject a complaint by the European Confederation of Watch & Clock Repairers' Associations (CEAHR). The Commission had rejected the complaint of CEAHR on the basis of a lack of Community interest, but the General Court ruled that the Commission had failed to justify this conclusion.