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Empowering the national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers

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Policy field

Antitrust


Target group

All citizens, companies, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Contributions are particularly sought from companies (including SMEs), business associations, public authorities, consumer organisations, as well as competition practitioners, researchers and think tanks. Comments from other stakeholders who have experience or knowledge of the enforcement of the EU competition rules by the national competition authorities are also welcome.

Consultation strategy


Consultation period

From 04.11.2015 until 12.02.2016

Objective of the consultation

The European Commission is consulting stakeholders on how to empower the national competition authorities (NCAs) to be more effective enforcers.

The NCAs play a key role enforcing the EU antitrust rules alongside the Commission, but there is potential for them to do much more. While EU law (Regulation 1/2003) gave NCAs the competence to apply the EU competition rules, it did not tackle the means and instruments by which NCAs apply those rules. As a result, NCAs encounter difficulties in carrying out their work and in tapping their full potential.

The Commission would like to gather views on how to ensure that NCAs:

  1. can act independently when enforcing EU competition rules and have the resources and staff needed to do their work;

  2. have an adequate competition toolbox to detect and tackle infringements;
  3. can impose effective fines on companies which break the rules; and

  4. have leniency programmes, which encourage companies to come forward with evidence of illegal cartels, that work effectively across Europe.

Stakeholders are invited to answer those parts of the questionnaire which concern them and to provide any other comments or information which they consider to be relevant.


View the questionnaire

EUSurvey: Consultation questionnaire

Press release: Antitrust: Empowering the national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers


Reference documents and other, related consultations


Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Competition – Unit A4 European Competition Network and Private Enforcement
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT. 4504

Functional mailbox: COMP-ECNPLUS@ec.europa.eu

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Antitrust registry
Ref.: HT.4504
1049 Bruxelles / Brussels
Belgique /België
Fax (32-2) 295.01.28

Replies to the consultation

Summary report of replies


Public authorities
  • Austria - Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and Ministry of Justice de
  • Belgium - Belgian Competition Authority en
  • Belgium - CCE Conseil Central de l'Economie - Commission de la Concurrence fr
  • Croatia - Ministarstvo gospodarstva hr
  • Czech Republic - Office for the Protection of Competition en
  • Denmark - Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and Danish Competition Council en en
  • Estonia - Ministry of Justice en
  • Finland - The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority en
  • France - Autorité de la Concurrence fr
  • France - French Authorities fr
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt en
  •  Iceland - Icelandic Competition Authority en
  • Ireland - Commission for Communications Regulation - ComReg en
  • Ireland - The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) en en
  • Italy - Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato en
  • Italy - Ministry of economic development en
  • Latvia - Ministry of Economics en
  • Latvia - Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau lv
  • Lithuania - Competition Council en
  • Lithuania - Ministry of Economy en
  • Netherlands - Ministry of Economic Affairs en en
  • Portugal - Portuguese Competition Authority en
  • Romania - Competition Council en
  • Slovakia - Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic en
  • Spain - Regional Service of Competition Protection en
  • Spain - Catalan Ombudsman Office (Síndic de Greuges de Catalunya) en en
  • Sweden - Competition Authority en
  • United Kingdom - UK Government en
  • United Kingdom - CMA (Competition & Markets Authority) en
Registered organisations
  • Austria - Industriellenvereinigung de de
  • Austria - Wirtschaftskammer de de
  • Austria - Bundesarbeitskammer de
  • Austria - Austrian working group of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht en en
  • Belgium - Independent Retail Europe en
  • Belgium - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) en en
  • Belgium - UEAPME en en
  • Belgium - BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation en
  • Belgium - BusinessEurope en
  • Bulgaria - Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry en
  • Cyprus - Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry en
  • Europe - NEON - The National Energy Ombudsman Network en en
  • Europe - In-house Competition Lawyers' Association (ICLA) en
  • Finland - Roschier, Attorneys Ltd en
  • Finland - Confederation of Finnish Industries EK en
  • Finland - The Federation for Finnish Enterprises en
  • France - Fédération Nationale de l'Artisanat Automobile - F.N.A.A fr fr fr
  • France - Groupe Eurotunnel fr
  • France - AFEP - French Association of Large Companies en en
  • France - Orange en en
  • Germany - Der Mittelstandsverbund e.V. de
  • Germany - Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) de
  • Germany - Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik e. V. (BIEK) de
  • Germany - United Internet AG de
  • Germany - EE&MC - European Economic & Marketing Consultants en
  • Germany - BDI Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie en
  • International - Eversheds LLP en
  • Italy - ANIA - Associazione nazionale fra le imprese assicuratrici it
  • Italy - Altroconsumo en
  • Italy - Assonime - en
  • Latvia - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Latvia) en
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Bar Association en
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Free Market Institute en en
  • Portugal - Abreu Avogados (Abreu & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.) en
  • Romania - Asociatia pentru Protectia Consumatorilor din România ro
  • Spain - UNESPA - Asociacion Española de Aseguradores es
  • Spain - Telefonica S.A. en
  • Spain - Repsol S.A. en
  • United States - American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) en

Non-registered organisations

  • Belgium - Free and Fair Post Initiative (FFPI) en
  • France - CLCV fr
  • France - Association Française d’Etude de la Concurrence en en
  • France - Collectif "David contre Goliath" fr fr fr
  • Italy - Movimento Difesa del Cittadino en
  • Italy - Associazione Antitrust Italiana it
  • Portugal - Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa do Consumidor pt
  • Slovenia - Slovene Consumers Association en
  • Spain - ASTEL en

Individual contributions

  • Austria - Westbahn Management GmbH de
  • Belgium - G. van der Wal en
  • Bulgaria - Niveks Ltd bg
  • Bulgaria - Hristov & Partners Law Firm en
  • Croatia - Gjurasic Fak & Partneri hr
  • France - Alexandre Bertuzzi fr
  • Greece - George Floras el
  • Ireland - Dr MaryCatherine Lucey en
  • Italy - Transporto Pubblico Non Dilinnea en
  • Latvia - Jelena Alfejeva lv
  • Latvia - Glimstedt & Partners Law Firm en
  • Netherlands - P. Peereboom nl
  • Spain - Iberdrola es 
  • Spain - Asociación Española para la Defensa de la Competencia (AEDC) en
  • Sweden - Ann Margaret Nylen en
  • United Kingdom - MAD Promotion Records en
  • United Kingdom - Niamh Dunne en
  • United Kingdom - Pinsent Masons LLP en
  • United Kingdom - easyJet Airline Company Limited en en
  • United Kingdom - Hogan Lovells International LLP en
  • United Kingdom - Vodafone Group Services Ltd en

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