Commission Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law

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• Disclosure of evidence and protection of confidentiality are two aspects of private enforcement proceedings that by definition are in tension.

• The Communication further builds on the rules of the 2014 Damages Directive to address this. It sets out a number of practical issues that a national court could consider for selecting effective measures to protect confidentiality when ordering the disclosure of evidence.

• The Communication seeks to contribute to a more efficient handling of disclosure issues by national courts to the benefit of parties and national judges.