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DG Competition of the European Commission Chooses Sinequa to Accelerate Case Management and Promote Collaboration Amongst Case Handlers

September 17, 2013 - Sinequa, leader in real time Big Data Search & Analytics market, announced today that its solution has been selected by the Direction of the Competition of the European Commission to improve access to data and increase performance in the processing of cases.

The work of DG Competition is very varied. It has to decide on notifications for mergers and acquisitions within the short time-frame imposed by the applicable legislation (of course, enterprises are in a hurry to pursue their merger and acquisition projects). It verifies suspected abuse of a dominant market position, illicit cartels, etc. It does so as fast as possible in order to mitigate effects on consumers and affected competitors. Each case may concern a different industry, often with a complex legal situation, and just as often with case files containing thousands of documents to be dealt with.

Therefore, in order to rapidly take on and become familiar with a case, discover all relevant information while respecting access rights of documents, and to "keep track" of important information of each case, the Directorate-General has chosen the Search and Unified Information Access platform of Sinequa. After a Proof of Concept that provided the opportunity to evaluate several leading search technologies, French software company Sinequa got the buy-in and support of the users and the project team. "The ease of use ? including the desired collaboration functions -, the relevance of search results, and the comparatively simple implementation of the solution was crucial for our decision", comments the Project leader at DG Competition, Dirk Van Erps, Head of Unit dealing with cartels, emphasizing that "a case handler can be fully operational with Sinequa after just one hour of training".

"This project fits perfectly with Sinequa's strategy. Eventually, millions of documents are captured, analyzed and managed by Sinequa platform to provide indisputable quality in the treatment of business competition in the strictest of safety compliance "concludes Alexander Bilger, Chairman & CEO of Sinequa.

DG Competition of the European Commission will participate in Sinequa Search Solutions 2013, on October 8th at the Conference Centre Etoile Saint-Honor, and will present feedback from the recently implemented project. Agenda available here.

About The European Commission

The European Commission is the EU's executive body and represents the interests of Europe as a whole (as opposed to the interests of individual countries).

The term 'Commission' refers to both the college of commissioners and the institution itself ? which has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with offices in Luxembourg. The Commission also has offices known as 'representations' in all EU member countries.

The European Commission, together with the national competition authorities, directly enforces EU competition rules, Articles 101-109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), to make EU markets work better, by ensuring that all companies compete equally and fairly on their merits. This benefits consumers, businesses and the European economy as a whole.

Within the Commission, the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition is primarily responsible for these direct enforcement powers.