EU antitrust chief warns of upcoming cartel raids


By Matthew Perlman (Oct 22, 2021, 5:01 p.m. EDT) – Europe’s top competition official said on Friday that law enforcement officials were picking up their pace as the coronavirus pandemic began to recede and forecast a series of unannounced inspections to look for evidence of cartel activity on the ground.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President for Competition and Digital Policy at the European Commission, issued the warning in a speech at the Italian Antitrust Association’s annual conference in Rome.

She pointed to the commission’s recent raids on pulp companies in various member states, saying it was the first such inspections carried out in two years.

“And that’s just the beginning…

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