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NMa is consulting with market parties and regulators about its investigative procedures

The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) is calling on market parties and regulators to react to its consultation document 'NMa Procedure relating to analog and digital investigations' and is inviting them to the meeting on February 1st on which date the consultation document is discussed.

The NMa consultation document broadly explains what the NMa procedures are when it investigates violations of the Competition Act and/or the energy and transport acts. This document is set to replace the current 'Procedure in relation to the Inspection and Copying of Digital Data and Documents 2007'. The new procedures apply to investigations that are launched under all laws that grant the NMa investigative powers, and they relate to both analog and digital data. Furthermore, the procedures not only apply to investigations carried out at the premises of the undertakings involved, but also to information requests.

The NMa is looking forward to receiving reactions to the consultation document, and is particularly interested in recommendations on how to improve practical feasibility of the suggested procedures. The consultation document can be downloaded from the NMa website ( Reactions can be sent to the NMa either by email or by regular mail until February 12th at the latest. Please send your reactions to the following mail address:
Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa)
Reference: case number P 800001 Consultation on Investigations Procedures
P.O. Box 16326
2500 BH The Hague
The Netherlands

At the meeting of February 1st, the consultation document's background and the practical consequences of the suggested procedures will be explained in further detail. In addition, the NMa is also interested in hearing suggestions for improvement. The meeting will be held on February 1st, at 1.30 p.m, at the offices of the NMa in The Hague. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please register in advance by sending an email. Please be aware that only a limited number of seats are available. The Procedure is expected to be finalized in mid-2010.