The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to 12 companies detailing its concerns over a suspected cartel in which producers of underground and submarine power cables may have colluded to allocate markets and consumers, and to fix prices within the EEA.

Power cables are used in the transmission and distribution of electrical power by connecting generation capacity to electricity grids, or interconnecting grids in other countries. The Commission therefore believes the price of these cables is directly relevant for electricity consumers.

The Commission carried out inspections at the premises of a number of producers of power cables in January 2009 following concerns of anti-competitive behaviour.