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The right to privacy of legal persons during the European Commission’s inspections

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European Commission   right to privacy   inspections   legal person


Tyt. tomu: Prawa podstawowe Unii Europejskiej w badaniach naukowych Centrum Doskonałości Jeana Monneta Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego


The paper aims to discuss the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights by the EU institutions in competition law proceedings, showing as an example the respect for the right to privacy of undertakings during the inspections carried out by the European Commission. Although exercising the control powers of the Commission potentially collides with a number of fundamental rights expressed in the Charter, it is the analysis of Art. 7 CFR that allows to depict the evolution of the EU’s approach to privacy of legal persons, showing the accompanying judicial dialogue, or lack thereof, between the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. The article short-defines the dawn raids, examines the application of Article 7 CFR to legal persons, highlighting the aspects of protection of domicile and secrecy of correspondence, compares the standards provided by ECHR and EU law, pondering also on how the CFR guarantees can be provided and effectively controlled. It also reflects on the issue whether the Court of Justice has a forerunner role in promoting fundamental rights of undertakings in matters of competition law.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 0137-1134




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Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3744. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji, ISSN 0137-1134, 2016 (2017), 107, s. 11-25

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