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Key Documents

  • Article 101 and Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (formerly articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty of the European Community)
  • Regulation 1/2003 on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty
  • Joint Statement of the Council and the Commission on the functioning of the network of Competition Authorities
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  • Cooperation within the Network of Competition Authorities

Model leniency programme

ECN Model Leniency Programme: 2012 revision pdf
November 2012

2006 ECN Model Leniency Programme en fr de pdf
September 2006

The ECN Model Leniency Programme, endorsed in 2006, has been a major catalyst in encouraging ECN members to introduce leniency programmes and in promoting convergence between them. The 2012 revision introduced a range of refinements to this Model Programme (see above).

Investigative and decision-making powers

The ECN has endorsed the following Recommendations on key investigative and decision-making powers. These Recommendations are intended to be used as advocacy tools vis-à-vis policymakers. They set out the ECN's position on the powers authorities in the Network should have in their competition toolbox. (December 2013)

The following reports provide an overview of the different systems and procedures for antitrust investigations within the ECN (31 October 2012).

See also Results of the questionnaire on the reform of Member States (MS) national competition laws after EC Regulation No. 1/2003 (update 22 May 2013) pdf


Sector reports

  • Commission publishes results of retail food study
    2 October 2014
    The Commission has unveiled the results of a comprehensive study about the evolution of choice and innovation in food products in Europe during the last decade. The results show that the entry of new competitors always increases choice and innovation. In many Member States, retail markets are not overly concentrated, and the retailers' bargaining power does not seem to have a negative impact on choice and innovation. Finally, while choice for European citizens has continuously increased in shops since 2004, the number of innovations reaching the consumer each year has decreased since 2008 largely due to the economic crisis. The Commission is inviting stakeholders to submit their comments on the study results. (E-TF)
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  • ECN activities in the food sector - Report on competition law enforcement and market monitoring activities by European competition authorities in the food sector (24 May 2012) pdf Drafted by the ECN food subgroup.

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  • Information paper on competition enforcement in the payments sector (20 March 2012) pdf Drafted by the ECN banking and payments subgroup.

See also:

The Heads of European national competition authorities ("NCAs") and the European Commission have set up a Merger Working Group to foster increased consistency, convergence and cooperation among EU merger jurisdictions.