European Union – Rules on competition. The General Court of the European Union partially annulled a decision of the European Commission which had rejected a request for confidential treatment submitted by Pilkington Group Ltd (Pilkington) under art 8 of Decision 2011/695/EU of the President of the European Commission (on the function and terms of reference of the hearing officer in certain competition proceedings). The request for confidential treatment related to the Commission's finding, inter alia, that certain companies, including Pilkington, had infringed art 81 EC and art 53 of the European Economic Area Agreement by participating, over various periods in a set of anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices in the automotive glass sector in the European Economic Area.