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Antitrust rules are contained in various legal instruments. The basic (and brief) provisions are contained in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. A number of regulations have later been adopted, either by the Council or the Commission. Some of these regulations contain the general rules for the implementation of the Treaty provisions laying down, among others, the investigative powers of the Commission. Other regulations deal either with particular types of conduct or with specific sectors.

Finally, the Commission has adopted various non-regulatory documents, which may take various forms (notices, guidelines, etc). Such documents are intended to explain in more detail the policy of the Commission on a number of issues, either relating to the interpretation of substantive antitrust rules or to procedural issues, such as access to the file.

The present page contains links to all of these instruments which are currently in force.

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text. Only European Union legislation published in paper editions of the Official Journal of the European Union is deemed authentic. For more information please read the "Important legal notice" at the top of this page.

The Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community has entered into force on 1st February 2020, (the “Withdrawal Agreement”). During the transition period (until 31 December 2020), pursuant to Article 127(1) and (3) of the Withdrawal Agreement, Union law shall be applicable to and in the United Kingdom, shall produce the same legal effects as those which it produces within the Union and its Member States and shall be interpreted and applied in accordance with the same methods and general principles of those applicable within the Union. In addition, any reference to Member States in the Union law shall be understood as including the United Kingdom, pursuant to Article 127(6).

Compilations of EU antitrust legislation

Legislation applicable as at 1 July 2013. This compilation is available in electronic format only.

Timeline for Mergers and Antitrust policy reviews 2019-2022

Timeline for Mergers and Antitrust policy reviews

Legislation in force

Relevant articles of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (TFEU)

General EU Antitrust rules:

Block exemptions (Article 101(3) of the TFEU and sector legislation)
Best practices
Cooperation with/among EU National Competition Authorities in Antitrust

Working Arrangements for the Functioning of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions (March 2019)

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