Section 19 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (2014 Act) allows the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ('the CCPC') to enter into arrangements with certain prescribed bodies to facilitate co-operation in the performance of their respective functions relating to (i) consumer protection and welfare issues, or (ii) issues of competition between undertakings. This allows the CCPC to enter into co-operation agreements with various statutory bodies to facilitate co-operation, avoid duplication and ensure consistency between our actions and those of other statutory bodies.
On 11 November 2015 the CCPC entered into its first co-operation agreement under Section 19 of the 2014 Act, with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). This agreement provides for co-operation between the CCPC and ComReg in relation to our consumer protection functions. On 19 July 2016, the CCPC and ComReg entered into a supplemental agreement to correct a minor typographical error in the co-operation agreement of 11 November 2015
The Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency (i.e. the predecessors of the CCPC) entered into co-operation agreements with various statutory bodies. These co-operation agreements remain in force until replaced by new co-operation agreements between the CCPC and the relevant statutory bodies.
The co-operation agreements entered into between the Competition Authority and other statutory bodies pursuant to section 34(1) of the Competition Act 2002 are:
Commission for Energy Regulation (dated 13 December 2002)
Commission for Communications Regulation (dated 16 December 2002)
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (dated 19 December 2002)
Commission for Aviation Regulation (dated 19 December 2002)
Health Insurance Authority (dated 20 July 2005)
National Transport Authority (dated 11 March 2011)
The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has competition powers in the area of electronic communications services, electronic communications networks and associated facilities. The Competition Authority and ComReg entered into a co-operation agreement, pursuant to section 47G of the Competition Act 2002 (as amended), to facilitate the exercise of their respective competition powers. Read this co-operation agreement with Commission for Communications Regulation (dated 23 June 2008). On 11 November 2015 the CCPC and ComReg signed a cooperation agreement in relation to consumer protection functions under Section 19 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014.
The National Consumer Agency and the Central Bank of Ireland entered into the following co-operation agreement pursuant to section 21 of the Consumer Protection Act 2007:
Central Bank of Ireland (effective from 1 February 2011)