Key figures

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

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Amount of fines since 2009

5 billion euros
This is the value of the fines handed out by the Autorité over a ten-year period (2009-2019).

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.

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Impact on the economy

13.8 billion euros
This is the overall benefit to the economy of the Autorité’s actions from 2011 to 2018 (fines handed out and additional costs avoided for 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

The Autorité de la concurrence is one of the most active authorities in the European Competition Network (ECN). Since the network was set up (in May 2004), the Autorité de la concurrence has been the authority that has opened the largest number of investigations on the basis of EU law (statistics from 1 May 2004 to 31 December 2018).

The ECN represents the 28 national competition authorities and the Commission. This encrypted network enables them to share information and communicate on cases under investigation. The aim is to foster convergence and greater effectiveness in the application of competition rules.