Decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority has been rescinded in part

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Competition Appeals Committee has ruled that the decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority of 3 June 2014 is rescinded. The Icelandic Competition Authority is ordered to grant Eimskipafélag Íslands hf., Eimskip Ísland ehf. and TVG-Zimsen ehf. access to the claim behind the dawn raid and an attached document, dated 9 September 2013, in such manner as further outlined in the ruling itself. This is the second time, in less than one year, where a decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority regarding the companies is rescinded by the Competition Appeals Committee.

In the previous case the Competition Appeals Committee ruled, on 23 December 2013, that the decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority, declining access to documents regarding its dawn raid claim and attached documents, was rescinded. Nevertheless access was not granted to the requested documents until 3 June 2014, when the authority collected further data from the companies. A part of the delivered documents had been obliterated. Therefore the companies decided to appeal this decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority, refusing access to certain parts of the documents, in order for it to be rescinded.

The Competition Appeals Committee approved the arguments made by the companies and agrees that the Icelandic Competition Authority responded in far too slow manner to the Competition Appeals Committee ruling from 23 December 2013, and the companies claim for access to the requested information. Therefore the Icelandic Competition Authority shall grant the companies access to the documents within two weeks from the date of the ruling.