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The European Union's competition policy

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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.

competitionThe 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. Specifically, it keeps an eye on companies to make sure they don't club together to share the market between them or don't act in a way to exclude would-be competitors. If they step out of line then it can impose considerable fines on them which can be up to 10% of their turnover. This is seen as benefiting consumers, businesses and the European economy as a whole.

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Policy Areas Sectoral Competition
Antitrust Consumer goods
Mergers in the EU Pharmaceuticals
Cartels in the EU Agriculture
Liberalisation Motor Vehicles
State Aid Energy

 

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