European Competition Network
The European Commission and the national competition authorities in all EU Member States cooperate with each other through the European Competition Network (ECN).
This creates an effective mechanism to counter companies which engage in cross-border practices restricting competition. As European competition rules are applied by
all members of the ECN, the ECN provides means to ensure their effective and consistent application. Through the ECN, the competition authorities
inform each other of proposed decisions and take on board comments from the other competition authorities. In this way, the ECN allows the competition
authorities to pool their experience and identify best practices. Read more >
The Members of the ECN have also engaged in cooperation and exchange of best practices in the area of merger control by setting up an EU Merger Working Group. Read more >
06 April 2017
Report on ECN monitoring exercise in the online hotel booking sector
On 6 April 2017, the Commission and ten national competition authorities published a report on online hotel booking. The report presents the results of a coordinated monitoring exercise carried out by the Belgian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and UK national competition authorities and the European Commission during 2016. The results highlight the impact of antitrust enforcement measures adopted in this sector in recent years.
22 March 2017
Proposal to make national competition authorities more effective enforcers (ECN+)
On 22 March 2017 the Commission presented a proposal intended to empower Member States' competition authorities to be more effective enforcers. The proposal aims to ensure that when applying the same legal basis - the EU antitrust rules - national competition authorities have the appropriate enforcement tools in order to bring about a genuine common competition enforcement area. To that end, the proposal provides for minimum guarantees and standards to empower national competition authorities to reach their full potential.
By ensuring that national competition authorities can act more effectively, the Commission's proposal aims to contribute to the objective of a genuine Single Market, promoting the overall goals of competitive markets that deliver jobs and growth.
The proposal for a Directive has been forwarded to the European Parliament and the Council for adoption.
- Proposal for a Directive to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market
- Press release: Commission proposal to make national competition authorities even more effective enforcers for the benefit of jobs and growth