In a recent decision involving Suez Environment, the Commission insisted on the seriousness of breaching seals during inspections and explained in detail a company’s responsibility when seals are affixed.

The fine imposed in that case (0.065% of Suez Environnement’s total turnover) is nonetheless significantly lower than the fine previously imposed on E.ON (0.14% of its turnover). The facts of the case were somehow different, the fault being largely recognized as that of an individual employee. OJ:C:2011:251:0004:0005:EN:PDF