The European Commission is wasting no time gearing up their investigative practices before the Summer period. On 1 June 2017, the Commission announced the opening of a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Romania's gas transmission system operator Transgaz has been hindering gas exports from Romania to other EU Member States resulting in abuse of a dominant position. On 6 June 2017, the Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into the distribution agreements and practices of clothing manufacturer and retailer Guess. The Commission will examine whether Guess illegally restricts retailers from selling cross-border to consumers within the EU Single Market.

The Commission will now carry out its in-depth investigations in these matters. An opening of a formal investigation does not prejudge its outcome. The Roschier EU & Competition team will continue to follow the progress in these cases and bring you up-dates on our Reflections portal (don't forget to subscribe for our regular updates, at an interval suitable for you).

Source: Commission press releases 1 June 2017 and 6 June 2017.