The European Competition Network
The European Competition Network (ECN) represents a forum for cooperation constituted from the national competition authorities and the European Commission in order to exchange information and cooperate in cases where Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union apply.
ECN meets at different levels, taking account of representativeness and specificity of the information debated, as following:
- Directors General
- Working Groups:
- Chief Economist
- Cooperation Issues and Due Process
- Forensic IT
- Sectoral Subgroups:
- Banking and Financial Services
The main objective of setting up the European Competition Network regards the unitary application of the EU competition rules to create a competitive environment and foster competition in the internal market, according to the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
ECN started to function as from 1 May 2004, beginning with the EU enlargement and the entrance into force of the Council Regulation (EC) no.1/2003 on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty.
Competition Council in the European Competition Network
Beginning with 1 January 2007, when Romania joined the European Union, the Competition Council performs its functions according to its rights and obligations arising from its statute of ECN member. Under this position (http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/legislation/list_of_authorities_ joint_statement.pdf), the Competition Council applies Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, according to the Council Regulation (EC) no.1/2003, in cases where trade between Member States might be affected by the acts or deeds of undertakings or associations of undertakings.