Maybe the vacation relaxation mood, maybe the heat, probably the lack of experience of the summer skeleton staff or the complexity and the implications of the subject matter of the Complain or God knows what. For the first time, however, upon the filing of a Complain with DG Competition the officer in charge has called over the phone, yes he called over the phone, the lawyer that filed the Complain on behalf of his clients to ask him who his clients are!! As if the signature of the lawyer himself, a distinguished Brussels Attorney, was not enough. As you may know, Complains claiming EU Competition Law infringements can be filed by any citizen, not only of the EU including but not limited to Aboriginals of Australia and the Eskimos of Greenland, without even having a direct legitimate interest.
For the record, the Lawyer categorically refused to name his clients because besides the professional secrecy his clients do not wish to be identified at the moment since they feel if their identity is known they will get a hard time by the private monopoly denounced in the Complain. I speculate, and I sincerely hope that I am wrong, that the good functionary who placed the call wanted to find out who are behind the Complain in order to assess how deep DG Competition should probe into the subject. (652)