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B UNDES W ETTBEWERBS B EHÖRDE. 27 May 2009, Kiew Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde Federal Competition Authority Director General Dr. Theodor Thanner. Overview. B UNDES W ETTBEWERBS B EHÖRDE. Competition Law Enforcement in Austria Recent Activities of the FCA International Activities: MCF

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BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

27 May 2009, Kiew

Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde

Federal Competition Authority

Director General Dr. Theodor Thanner

overview
Overview

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Competition Law Enforcement in Austria
  • Recent Activities of the FCA
  • International Activities: MCF
  • Competition Policy in Times of Financial Crisis
competition law enforcement in austria
Competition Law Enforcement in Austria

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Founded in July 2002 > one of the youngest and smallest national competition authorities within the European Union
  • Judicial System

FCA: investigatory powers, initiates proceedings before the Cartel Court

Cartel Court: adopts decision upon the FCA’s application

  • Reform: Cartel Act 2005
  • Alignment to EC Competition Law
  • Introduction of Leniency Programme
activities of the fca some figures
Activities of the FCA – Some Figures

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • 28 members of staff (19 case handlers; 75% lawyers, 25% economists and others)
  • Activities (2008)
    • 1 sector inquiry
    • 9 leniency applications
    • fines totalling EUR 77,4 Mio.
    • 275 merger notifications
    • 15 new cases on abuse of dominant position
recent activities
Recent Activities

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Leniency Cases

Elevators and Escalators Cartel – EUR 75.4 mio

Industrial Chemicals Wholesalers – EUR 1.9 mio

Printing Chemicals Wholesalers – not yet decided

  • Sector Inquiry

Liquid fuel market in Austria

  • International Activities

Marchfeld Competition Forum

ECA Director General’s Meeting 2010 in Vienna

sector inquiry retail prices for liquid fuel 1
Sector Inquiry: Retail Prices for Liquid Fuel (1)

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Public concern raised: FCA started investigation into specific features of the Austrian retail markets for petrol and diesel.
  • Oil companies claimed that changes of domestic retail prices have to be linked closely to the changes of Platts notations.
    • Do Austrian retail prices follow Platts notations more slowly downwards than upwards?
    • Report published in mid-July. (http://www.bwb.gv.at/BWB/Aktuell/spritpreis_23072008.htm)
sector inquiry retail prices for liquid fuel 2
Sector Inquiry: Retail Prices for Liquid Fuel (2)

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Main Results
  • The pass-through takes two weeks.
  • Temporal asymmetry: Increases in Platts notations are passed through faster than decreases.

No asymmetry in volumes.

  • No full pass through.
  • Further Action: FCA sent Platts an informal request for information
marchfeld competition forum cooperation
Marchfeld Competition Forum - Cooperation

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Initiative of FCA and Czech Office for the Protection of Competition
  • Founded in July 2008
  • Members: AT, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland and DG Comp
  • Purpose: Strengthening of regional cooperation between NCAs from EU Member States as well as non-members.
  • Feb 2009: Meeting on “Competition Policy in Times of Financial Crisis”
global financial crisis challenges
Global Financial Crisis – Challenges

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Risk of competition policy given lower priority by government alongside industry policy goals (pressure to save “failing firms” to preserve jobs and location of industry)
  • Flexibility
  • Fast Decision-Making
global financial crisis solutions
Global Financial Crisis – Solutions

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

  • Improving the exchange of information through international cooperation
  • Importance of the European and International aspect
    • bilateral cooperation
    • competition advocacy
  • Business Community
thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention!

BUNDESWETTBEWERBSBEHÖRDE

www.bwb.gv.at