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How we prioritise our competition enforcement efforts

We have a responsibility to use our resources as efficiently as possible. That is why we need to prioritise between our various competition enforcement cases. We focus on investigating issues that are of a general interest and that lead to clear results.

On this page you can see how we prioritise our competition enforcement efforts. We have a prioritisation policy that is used in the initial prioritisation, when we select which issues to investigate further. Various circumstances are then weighed against each other. Not all the factors that we consider in the prioritisation process must be fulfilled; this is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Continuous assessment

Although the prioritisation policy is initially applied, throughout the investigation we also continuously assess whether investigation of the case should continue. The number of other investigations underway and their scope may influence a prioritisation decision. However, resource limitations do not prevent us from intervening against serious violations.

Purpose

We focus on investigating issues that are of a general interest and that lead to clear results. The aim is always to promote effective competition in private and public activities for the benefit of consumers.

Factors we consider

In the choice between multiple cases that fulfil one of the grounds for prioritisation below, harm to competition and consumers is the priority factor that is ascribed the greatest weight. If we see signs of serious harm, priority will always be given to the issue, provided that we see a viable way of investigating and intervening to address the problem with the support of the competition rules.

In prioritising competition enforcement, we mainly consider the following factors:

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