Polimeri Europa (PE), one of the companies fined by the European Commission for its participation in the synthetic rubber cartel, has appealed the decision of the Commission to provide a non-confidential version of the statement of objections to Manufacture Francaise des Pneumatiques Michelin (MFPM).
The Commission released the non-confidential version of the statement of objections on 6 November 2006 to MFPM after it had been admitted to the procedure as an interested third party having been asked to provide possible observations.

PE has applied to the CFI to annul the decision of the Commission and direct it to take steps to recover the copy of the statement of objections. PE is claiming that its rights of defence were breached as the Commission did not disclose the true reason for MFPM's involvement in the procedure and also, the decision was unlawful as MFPM had failed to show that it had a legitimate interest in the procedure entitling it to be regarded as a complainant, which in turn would entitle it to receive a copy of the statement of objections.