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CCPC Consultations on Policies and Guidelines for Exercising New Competition Law Powers

February 2022

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has announced a series of public consultations on how it intends to use the expanded competition law enforcement powers contained in the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022, which is expected to come into force later this year.

Jeremy Godfrey, Chairperson of the CCPC, said “We intend to adopt a number of policies and guidelines to provide transparency about how we will use these new powers……. Before we finalise these policies and guidelines, we will consult with stakeholders so that the transition to our new regime can be as effective as possible. We are particularly keen to hear from the business community, legal advisers, experts in economics and from consumer advocacy groups.”

The first consultation is on the CCPC’s new administrative leniency policy for cartels and on how the CCPC intends to approach decisions on whether to choose the administrative or criminal enforcement regime for suspected breaches of competition law. 

This consultation opened on 14th February 2022. For the full schedule of consultations and time frames please see links below:

CCPC consultations on policies and guidelines for exercising new competition law powers opening on 14 February

Competition law developments in 2022

By Eilish Larkin - Regulatory Consultant