Find all the information and measures relating to the adaptation of regulation and procedures in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis.
The Autorité's action during the Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic
The Autorité’s action during the epidemic is part of a common message sent by the European competition network to businesses.
In the current situation, the Autorité is careful that no company can abuse its market power or agree with other companies to the detriment of consumers and the community. It is notably of the utmost importance to ensure that products considered essential remain available at competitive prices.
In this context, the Autorité’s investigation Services are mobilizing. An internal network was thus organised, notably to pool market surveillance work during the crisis, analyse the various behaviours observed and, if necessary, take action to remedy as effectively as possible the behaviours detected.
In this regard, the investigation Services invite any person (company or consumer) who considers that an action taken by one or more companies is likely to be anti-competitive to use the following dedicated address to report it to the Autorité: firstname.lastname@example.org
The current situation is also leading to temporary cooperation movements between companies, notably to guarantee the production and fair distribution of essential products to all consumers. The Autorité de la concurrence supports this type of initiative and is ready to assist them.
The internal network set up also aims to enable the Autorité to quickly respond and as pragmatically as possible to requests securing virtuous initiatives. In this context, it will provide informal advice on the compatibility with competition law of a cooperation project that would be presented to it or of its implementation methods.
Time limits and procedures are adapted due to the health emergency state
Following the adoption of the law of 23 March 2020 on the state of health emergency and the ordinance of 25 March 2020, the deadlines relating to the procedures before the Autorité de la concurrence are adapted.
Message from the European Commission to companies regarding the Coronavirus epidemic
The Autorité relays the message prepared by the European Commission and the European Competition Network which brings together all the national competition authorities of the European Union Member States and offers a free translation (only the English version prevails).
Adaptation of merger control procedures due to Coronavirus COVID-19
Given the health situation in France, the Autorité de la concurrence is forced to put in place extensive preventive measures. The services of the Autorité are working remotely since 17 March 2020.