Antitrust rules are contained in various legal instruments. The basic (and brief) provisions are contained in the
Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. A number of regulations have later been adopted, either by the Council or the Commission. Some of these regulations contain the general rules for the implementation of the Treaty provisions laying down, among others, the investigative powers of the Commission. Other regulations deal either with particular types of conduct or with specific sectors.
Finally, the Commission has adopted various non-regulatory documents, which may take various forms (notices, guidelines, etc). Such documents are intended to explain in more detail the policy of the Commission on a number of issues, either relating to the interpretation of substantive antitrust rules or to procedural issues, such as access to the file.
The present page contains links to all of these instruments which are currently in force.
Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text. Only European Union legislation published in paper editions of the Official Journal of the European Union is deemed authentic. For more information please read the "Important legal notice" at the top of this page.
Compilations of legislation
Rules applicable to Antitrust Enforcement Volume 1: General rules
Rules applicable to Antitrust Enforcement Volume 2: Sector specific rules
Last update of 14.12.2011. This is a downloadable version of the legislation and guidance documents in force as of this date, and available in electronic format only.
Legislation in force
Relevant articles of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
General EU Antitrust rules:
Block exemptions (Article 101(3) of the TFEU and sector legislation)