Commission and ComReg sign cooperation agreement

November 18, 2015

 

On the 11th November 2015 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (‘the Commission’) and the Commission for Communications Regulation (‘ComReg’) signed a cooperation agreement in relation to our consumer protection functions.

“This agreement paves the way for increased engagement between the Commission and ComReg on consumer protection issues. Through the exchange of information we will have a greater ability to take a co-ordinated approach to consumer protection issues in the Irish telecoms market” said Commission Chair Isolde Goggin.

“The agreement will allow the Commission and ComReg to make the best use of available resources and ensure consistency between our actions.”

Section 19 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (2014 Act) allows the Commission to enter into agreements with certain prescribed bodies to facilitate co-operation in relation to (i) consumer protection and welfare issues, or (ii) issues of competition between undertakings.

This is the first co-operation agreement the Commission has entered into under Section 19 of the 2014 Act.

There are two existing cooperation agreements (dating from 2002 and 2008) in place between the Commission and ComReg in relation to competition issues.  These agreements were entered into by the Competition Authority and ComReg and they remain in effect.

More details are available here.

 

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