Directive proposal to make national competition authorities more effective enforcers

On 22 March 2017, the European Commission published a proposal that aims to strengthen the enforcement of EU competition law by Member States. All national authorities in the EU are to use a similar toolkit and take decisions independently, without political or other external influence.

Deterrent fines, a presumption that parent companies are liable for infringements by their subsidiaries and leniency programmes that reward self-incrimination are cornerstones that already exist in most Member States but that are to become universal throughout the EU if the proposal is implemented.