The products concerned are used as biofuel additive in the production of petrochemical fuels or as ingredients used in the production of beverages, pharmaceutical products (e.g. wipes, antibacterial materials), chemical products (e.g. solvents) or cosmetics (e.g. perfumes). The Commission have suspicion that firms have infringed competition law by fixing prices or sharing markets and customers.
On the 24 March 2015, Commission officials, accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities, conducted unannounced inspections at companies active in the producing of or trading of bioethanol.