Research in the field of competition policy
The European Commission offers a number of information sources which can be helpful to researchers in the field of Competition Policy.
Our policy is to publish a maximum of information on our website. It contains amongst others:
EU Competition legislation
Competition case texts:
Press releases on competition matters:
Press releases provide a wealth of information on the various stages of competition cases, summaries of decisions and announcements of new policy initiatives. A vital source for research on competition matters, they are available for search and consultation in the Commission database for press releases (RAPID). A list containing only competition press releases is available. Press materials are are also integrated into the "What's New" and case reporting sections on the Europa Competition web site.
- Weekly e-newsletters on the latest competition developments:
- Comments on the development of EU Competition Policy
An overview of DG Competition's publications is available on the website. Our publications include the annual report on competition policy, published since 1971. In addition to this report, and the newsletters mentioned above, you can also subscribe to an email alert service to be informed about other publications.
We regret we are not in a position to engage in primary research on request from individuals. For example, we cannot provide statistical analysis other that statistical data already published (see above under "competition case texts"). We cannot undertake analysis or comment of specific sectors or decisions, other than what appears already in the sources listed above.
Bibliographic research (commercial publications on competition matters)
The Competition website is complementary to, not a substitute for basic library research for students involved in writing theses, papers, etc. Numerous excellent books and journals are produced by publishers throughout Europe providing for analysis and interpretation of European competition policy. DG competition regrets it cannot provide access to such texts, nor can we provide bibliographic research services in such sources.
However, the European Commission Libraries Catalogue is available for online consultation. The libraries of the Commission collect a wide range of both EU and commercially-produced material on all aspects of the European Union and its policies. The catalogue is therefore an excellent reference source for general research on the European Union.
Please note that the listing of any title in the catalogue does not imply endorsement of its contents by the Commission. The Commission does not accept responsibility for providing access to commercial material cited in the catalogue (although many of the items listed therein are electronic, with direct access to full text). Publications identified in ECLAS should be requested through normal library channels in each member state. The Central Library of the Commission also welcomes visiting researchers.
The Publications Office is the European Union's publisher. Its website offers information on basic information sources of the European Union, how to obtain EU publications, including many freely available publications. See in particular the EU Bookshop where you may order publications online.