European Commission begins investigation into anti-trust actions in wood pulp sector

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The European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections for anti-trust violations by companies active in the wood pulp sector in its Member States.

In a statement, it said that it “has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive practices”.

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Wood pulp is used to manufacture paper and cardboard products, and has an influence on the value of secondary fibre materials.

These unannounced inspections are a preliminary step in an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices, but does not mean the companies are guilty of anti-trust violations.

European Commission officials carried out the inspections along with counterparts from relevant national competition authorities.

There is no legal deadline for when anti-trust investigations need to be completed by the European Commission.

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