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Antitrust: New competition rules for co-operation between competitors



The Authority has today adopted new guidelines to clarify when competitors can co-operate and what kinds of co-operation are permitted within the EEA Agreement.  

Co-operation between competitors may have harmful effects for consumers and limit competition.

Co-operation between competing companies can in many instances, however, create synergies that lead to lower prices, more choice and better products to the benefit of consumers.

The new rules will help to prevent co-operation that leads to higher prices, less choice or less innovation and encourages co-operation that contributes to improvements and economic progress.

The Authority believes that the new rules are more user-friendly and will provide market players with much needed guidance on permitted co-operation.

The new Guidelines are available here.


For further information, please contact:


Mr Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
Mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187












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