Advance notice of upcoming CCPC consultations relating to ECN+ and the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2021

October 26, 2021

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for promoting compliance with, and enforcing, competition and consumer protection law in Ireland.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is currently drafting the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2021 which will transpose the Directive (EU) 2019/1 (ECN+ Directive) and amend existing legislation not covered by the ECN+ Directive. This important legislation will expand the CCPC’s power to enforce European and Irish competition law and introduce a number of other important changes to Irish competition law.

The CCPC recognises that this legislation will have a significant impact on our work, and will also result in changes for businesses and their legal representatives. As a result, the CCPC is currently developing a series of draft policies and procedures relating to the operation of the ECN+ powers we expect to receive.

The CCPC has written to stakeholders to inform them of our intention to hold a series of public consultations on these proposed new policies and procedures relating to ECN+. It is expected that the consultations will take place over the coming months, with each consultation period lasting a minimum of four weeks.

When the Bill is published, the CCPC will publish a consultation schedule and the proposed policies on ccpc.ie

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