CCPC publishes 2021 Annual Report

July 27, 2022

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has today published its 2021 Annual Report. The report details the CCPC’s continued response to both Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing enforcement activities and programme of consumer and business information campaigns.

Speaking on the launch of the 2021 Annual Report, the Chairperson of the CCPC, Jeremy Godfrey, said;

“2021 was a year of change and progress for the CCPC. We delivered important outcomes for consumers amid the challenges of Brexit and Covid-19. We secured legally binding commitments from motor insurers and highlighted our concerns about this sector. We also obtained commitments following a resale price investigation and required the destruction of almost one million non-compliant face masks before they reached the Irish market.

We continued to grow as an organization to meet our expanded remit, setting up a new Digital Investigations Division, a new Platform to Business Unit and expanding our Policy and Product Safety teams.

I am particularly pleased that significant headway was made on the progression of the Competition (Amendment) Bill and the Consumer Rights Bill. Both bills are important pieces of legislation and will mark a sea-change for competition and consumer protection law in Ireland, and will substantially expand our enforcement powers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for their hard work over another demanding year. We continue to face even greater challenges ahead as we navigate changing international geo-political events, ongoing developments from Brexit and embedding new legislation and powers.

Looking forward, cost of living issues are to the fore of our work, ensuring that businesses set prices independently and consumers can make informed choices about the products and services that offer best value for money. While we cannot insulate the public from the consequences of global disruptions and inflation, we must be tireless in protecting consumers from behaviour that breaches competition or consumer protection law.”

For more information, read the CCPC’s 2021 Annual Report.

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