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Directorate-General for Competition

Competition Policy in the European Union

The European Commission, together with the national competition authorities, directly enforces EU competition rules, Articles 101-109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), to make EU markets work better, by ensuring that all companies compete equally and fairly on their merits. This benefits consumers, businesses and the European economy as a whole.

Within the Commission, the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition is primarily responsible for these direct enforcement powers. More… pdf


Structure and staff

  • DG Competition is headed by Johannes Laitenberger
  • Organigram en fr pdf
  • The Chief Competition Economist works in DG Competition, reporting directly to the Director General to provide independent economic advice on cases and policy.
  • The Hearing Officers, Mr Joos Stragier and Mr Wouter Wils, are independent of the Directorate General for Competition and report directly to the Competition Commissioner. Their mission is to ensure due process, to safeguard the parties, procedural rights, and to contribute to the quality of the decision-making in EC Antitrust and Merger proceedings.

Work opportunities

  • Permanent and temporary work in the European Commission
  • The European Commission is organising a selection procedure to constitute a reserve list of 10 candidates in order to fill approximately 5 administrator posts (temporary agent AD 8) within the Chief Economist Team (CET) of the Directorate-General for Competition

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