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PR(05)27: EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts three new notices in the field of competition

19.7.2005

19 July 2005

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (the "Authority") has adopted three new guidance notices in the field of competition. The notices concern: 

  • the handling of complaints by the Authority under Articles 53 and 54 EEA;
  • cooperation within the EFTA network of competition authorities; and
  • cooperation between the Authority and the national courts of the EFTA States regarding the application of Articles 53 and 54 EEA.

The notices clarify various aspects of the new regime for the application of Articles 53 and 54 of the EEA Agreement which entered into force on 19 May 2005.[1] The new regime results from the incorporation into the EEA framework of the reform of competition rules that entered into force in the EU on 1 May 2004. Article 53 EEA bans, as a main rule, agreements and concerted behaviour between undertakings which distort competition within the EEA. Article 54 EEA prohibits abuses of dominant positions by undertakings.

Following the previous adoption of three guidance notices on 18 May 2005,[2]the Authority has now adopted six notices related to the new EEA competition enforcement regime. The notices correspond to the notices adopted by the European Commission as part of its "modernisation package". The modernisation process on the EFTA side is thus completed.

For further information, please contact Mr. Tormod S. Johansen, Deputy Director, Competition and State Aid Directorate, tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 41 or consult the Authority’s website at www.eftasurv.int.


[1] See the Authority’s press release PR(05)13 at:
www.eftasurv.int/information/pressreleases/2005pr/dbaFile7068.html.

[2]The notices adopted on 18 May concern: Informal guidance to be provided by the Authority concerning the application of Articles 53 and 54 EEA; The effect on trade concept contained in Articles 53 and 54 EEA; and The application of Article 53(3) EEA.




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