Competition regulator

A competition regulator is a government agency, typically a statutory authority, sometimes called an economic regulator, that regulates and enforces competition laws and may sometimes also enforce consumer protection laws. In addition to such agencies, there is often another body responsible for formulating competition policy.

Many nations implement competition laws, and there is general agreement on acceptable standards of behavior. The degree to which countries enforce their competition policy varies substantially.

Competition regulators may also regulate certain aspects of mergers and acquisitions and business alliances and regulate or prohibit cartels and monopolies. Other government agencies may have responsibilities in relation to aspects of competition law that affect companies (e.g., the registrar of companies).

Regulators may form supranational or international alliances like the ECA (European Competition Authorities), the ICN (International Competition Network), and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

List of trade blocs and multinational regulators

Flag Trade bloc Regulating Organization ECA ICN OECD Website Language
Communidad Andina (Andean Community of Nations) Spanish
European Union /European Economic Area European CommissionDirectorate-General for Competition Official languages of the European Union
European Economic Area: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein (EFTA members) EFTA Surveillance Authority English

List of national regulators

Flag Country Name ECA ICN OECD Website Language
Albania Competition Authority of Albania English
Algeria The Algerian National Competition Council Arabic, French
Argentina Comision Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia Spanish
Armenia State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia English
Australia Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and National Competition Council English
Austria Wettbewerbsbehörde im BMwA English
Belgium Raad voor de Mededinging/Conseil de la concurrence French/Dutch
Brazil Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica Portuguese
Bulgaria Commission for Protection of Competition Bulgarian/English
Canada Competition Bureau/Bureau de la concurrence , English/French
Chile Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia -National Economic Prosecutor's Office Spanish
China Ministry of Commerce English
Colombia Superintendency of Industry and Commerce Spanish
Croatia Croatian Competition Agency English
Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition English
Czech Republic Office for the Protection of Competition English
Denmark Konkurrencestyrelsen English
El Salvador Superintendencia de Competencia Spanish
Estonia konkurentsiamet
Finland Finnish Competition Authority (Kilpailuvirasto) English
France Autorité de la concurrence French
Georgia Competition Agency Georgian, English, Russian
Germany Bundeskartellamt German
Greece Hellenic Competition Commission English
Hong Kong Competition Commission Cantonese/English
Hungary Office of Economic Competition (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal) English
India Competition Commission of India English
Indonesia Commission for Supervision of Business Competition, (Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha), English
Ireland The Competition Authority, (TCA), English
Iceland Icelandic Competition Authority English
Israel Israel Anti-trust Authority English
Italy Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) English
Japan Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) English
Jersey Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority, (JCRA), English
Jordan Competition Directorate at the Ministry of Industry and Trade English
Kazakhstan Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for regulation of natural monopolies and Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Competition Protection (Antimonopoly Agency) English
Kenya Monopolies and Prices Commission of Kenya English
Kosovo Kosovo Competition Commission English, Albanian, Serbian
Latvia Competition Council English
Liechtenstein Office of National Economy (Amt für Volkswirtschaft) German
Lithuania Competition Council English
Luxembourg Conseil de la concurrence - Inspection de la Concurrence French
Macedonia Commission for Protection of Competition English
Malaysia Malaysia Competition Commission English
Mexico Mexican Federal Competition Commission English
Republic of Moldova Consiliul Concurenței (Competition Council) English
Netherlands Autoriteit Consument & Markt English
New Zealand Ministry of Commerce: Competition and Enterprise Branch

and New Zealand Commerce Commission

Norway Konkurransetilsynet English
Pakistan Competition Commission of Pakistan Urdu
Peru Free Competition Commission Spanish
Philippines Philippine Competition Commission English
Poland Office for Competition and Consumer Protection English
Portugal Autoridade da Concorrência English
Romania Consiliul Concurenței (Competition Council) English
Russia Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia English
Singapore Competition Commission of Singapore English
Slovakia Antimonopoly Office English
Slovenia Slovenian Competition Protection Agency English
South Africa Competition Commission of South Africa, South African Competition Tribunal English
South Korea Fair Trade Commission English
Spain Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (CNC) before September 2007 Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia (TDC) Spanish
Sweden Konkurrensverket English
Switzerland The Competition Council en Switzerland Swiss Competition Commission German, French, Italian
Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (Republic of China) English
Turkey Rekabet Kurumu English
Ukraine Anti-Monopoly Committee (Ukraine) English
United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority English
United States Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division English
Venezuela Pro-Competencia Spanish

See also

  • Federal Trade Commission. "Competition & Consumer Protection Authorities Worldwide".
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