On December 12, 2006, the European Commission (Commission) announced that it had carried out surprise inspections (so-called “dawn raids”) at the premises of several electricity companies in Germany. The Commission stated that it had reason to believe that the companies under investigation may have violated Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty rules, which prohibit restrictive business practices and abuse of a dominant market position, respectively. The inspections reportedly are not related to the energy sector competition inquiry, for which the Commission is due to present a definitive report in January 2007.