October 29, 2015 - News about the firm

Mannheimer Swartling participates in initiative for more transparency in EU trade probes

Mannheimer Swartling is part of a coalition of 20 law firms in Brussels that have submitted a proposal to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for improved access to investigation files in EU trade defence instrument (TDI) proceedings.

The coalition is proposing access to data used in antidumping cases, such as calculations for tariffs, in an effort to enhance the transparency and quality of EU trade defence proceedings. The proposal for a system similar to the US Administrative Protective Order regime builds extensively on existing transparency practices of the Directorate-General for Competition and is a result of discussions amongst the signatories.

The open letter to EU Trade Commissioner Malmström and proposed guidelines were submitted on 22 October 2015.

Mannheimer Swartling’s team in Brussels advises on all areas of EU law, including competition law, merger control, anti-dumping, free movement of goods, public procurement and state aid. Mannheimer Swartling’s lawyers in Brussels work in close co-operation with EU and competition law specialists located at the firm’s other offices, represent clients before the European Commission and EU courts in all types of matters, and have close contact with the relevant EU institutions.