The EEA competition rules and the role of the Authority

Competition is a basic mechanism of the market economy and encourages companies to provide consumers with products that consumers want. It encourages innovation and pushes down prices. In order to be effective, competition needs suppliers who are independent of each other, each subject to the competitive pressure exerted by the others. The competition rules in the EEA Agreement are enforced by the Authority in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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Competition: ESA investigates DNB, Nordea, Finance Norway and BankID


On 26 October 2016 ESA opened proceedings against DNB, Nordea, Finance Norway and BankID for suspected breaches of the competition rules in the EEA Agreement. Bits, a related organisation to Finance Norway, will also be investigated.

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ESA opens proceedings against Widerøe


In June 2016 the Authority opened formal antitrust proceedings against Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS to investigate whether it may have infringed the EEA competition rules.

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ESA closes Color Line and Sandefjord investigation



On 20 December 2016, ESA closed an investigation of the ferry company Color Line and the municipality of Sandefjord in Norway. The parties have ended practices alleged to be in breach of EEA competition rules.


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Telenor Investigation


On 1 February 2016 the Authority sent a Statement of Objections to Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA.  The Statement of Objections sets out the Authority's preliminary view that Telenor has infringed Article 54 of the EEA Agreement.

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