The European Commission, along with the Spanish Competition Authority (Comisión Nacional de la Competencia or “CNC”), carried out surprise inspections at the headquarters of various cement, mortar and concrete producers and suppliers. In its press release, the Commission stated that it had reason to believe that the companies concerned may have been involved in prohibited cartel activity and/or abuses of a dominant position in breach of Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty, including direct or indirect price fixing and market sharing.

The Commission stressed that the inspections were not an indication of guilt but a necessary part of the preliminary stages of an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices.