How many employees do we have? What is our budget? What impact does our action have on the economy? What is the total amount of the fines handed out? How many mergers and acquisitions are reviewed each year? Do we often apply EU law?
Find out more about the Autorité through a selection of figures and indicators.
The Autorité at a glance
Top 10 of fines handed out since 2009
Amount of fines since 2009
While the Autorité’s penalties policy is designed to have a deterrent effect, the Autorité nevertheless ensures that penalties remain proportionate to the size of the affected market and the ability of the companies or bodies concerned to pay.
Impact on the economy
In order to assess the impact of its action on the economy, the Autorité decided to include an overall evaluation in its annual report in 2018.
Based on methods recommended by the OECD, this evaluation takes into account not only the amount of fines imposed on companies but also the gains to the economy resulting from the cessation of anticompetitive behaviour and the implementation of remedies in the context of mergers (2018 Annual Report published on La Documentation Française/page 29).
Review of mergers and acquisitions
Since 2009, the Autorité de la concurrence has issued nearly 2000 decisions on mergers and acquisitions. in 96 % of cases the Autorité cleared the transaction unconditionally. To date, the Autorité has never blocked a merger or acquisition.
A leading role in Europe
The French authority, the most active national authority
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