On 26 March 2015, the EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, announced plans to inquiry into the e-commerce sector. The possibility of conducting sector inquiries is provided for in Art. 12 of Council Regulation 17/62 which allows the commission to conduct a general investigation into an economic sector “[i]f  in any sector of the economy the trend of trade between Member States, price movements, inflexibility of prices or other circumstances suggest that in the economic sector concerned competition is being restricted or distorted within the common market”.
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