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Competition Policy

Empowering the national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers

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

email: 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 

All contributions

 

Public authorities

  • Austria - Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and Ministry of Justice  
  • Belgium - Belgian Competition Authority  
  • Belgium - CCE Conseil Central de l'Economie - Commission de la Concurrence  
  • Croatia - Ministarstvo gospodarstva  
  • Czech Republic - Office for the Protection of Competition
  • Denmark - Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and Danish Competition Council
  • Estonia - Ministry of Justice  
  • Finland - The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority  
  • France - Autorité de la Concurrence 
  • France - French Authorities 
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt 
  • Iceland - Icelandic Competition Authority  
  • Ireland - Commission for Communications Regulation - ComReg  
  • Ireland - The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)  
  • Italy - Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato 
  • Italy - Ministry of economic development  
  • Latvia - Ministry of Economics 
  • Latvia - Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau 
  • Lithuania - Competition Council  
  • Lithuania - Ministry of Economy 
  • Netherlands - Ministry of Economic Affairs 
  • Portugal - Portuguese Competition Authority 
  • Romania - Competition Council  
  • Slovakia - Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic 
  • Spain - Regional Service of Competition Protection 
  • Spain - Catalan Ombudsman Office (Síndic de Greuges de Catalunya) 
  • Sweden - Competition Authority 
  • United Kingdom - UK Government 
  • United Kingdom - CMA (Competition & Markets Authority) 

Registered organisations

  • Austria - Industriellenvereinigung 
  • Austria - Wirtschaftskammer  
  • Austria - Bundesarbeitskammer  
  • Austria - Austrian working group of Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht 
  • Belgium - Independent Retail Europe 
  • Belgium - European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) 
  • Belgium - UEAPME  
  • Belgium - BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation  
  • Belgium - BusinessEurope 
  • Bulgaria - Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Cyprus - Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
  • Europe - NEON - The National Energy Ombudsman Network 
  • Europe - In-house Competition Lawyers' Association (ICLA) 
  • Finland - Roschier, Attorneys Ltd 
  • Finland - Confederation of Finnish Industries EK 
  • Finland - The Federation for Finnish Enterprises 
  • France - Fédération Nationale de l'Artisanat Automobile - F.N.A.A 
  • France - Groupe Eurotunnel  
  • France - AFEP - French Association of Large Companies  
  • France - Orange 
  • Germany - Der Mittelstandsverbund e.V.  
  • Germany - Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE)  
  • Germany - Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik e. V. (BIEK)  
  • Germany - United Internet AG 
  • Germany - EE&MC - European Economic & Marketing Consultants 
  • Germany - BDI Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie  
  • International - Eversheds LLP 
  • Italy - ANIA - Associazione nazionale fra le imprese assicuratrici 
  • Italy - Altroconsumo 
  • Italy - Assonime  
  • Latvia - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (Latvia)  
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Bar Association 
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Free Market Institute 
  • Portugal - Abreu Avogados (Abreu & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.) 
  • Romania - Asociatia pentru Protectia Consumatorilor din România 
  • Spain - UNESPA - Asociacion Española de Aseguradores 
  • Spain - Telefonica S.A. 
  • Spain - Repsol S.A. 
  • United States - American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) 

Non-registered organisations

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

Individual contributions

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

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