8th Bilateral Meeting between Competition Authorities of Portugal and Spain



Press release 04/2019
8th Bilateral Meeting between Competition Authorities of Portugal and Spain
 

  • The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) and the National Commission on Markets and Competition (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia - CNMC) coordinated their investigation and sanctioning activity in the Iberian Peninsula.
 
  • Both entities stepped up the joint work in fighting against cartels.
 
The AdC and the CNMC met in the 8th Bilateral Meeting between Portugal and Spain. During the meeting, the authorities coordinated their investigation and sanctioning activity in the Iberian Peninsula.
 
The competition authorities of Portugal and Spain hold these meetings since 2004. Since then there has been an increasing integration of both markets which requires additional cooperation between both authorities. The directors and deputy directors of both entities took part in the working sessions.
 
In particular, the AdC and the CNMC have strengthened cooperation in fighting cartels and in advocacy initiatives. Working sessions aimed at sharing experience and to improve mutual knowledge of both markets.
 
The AdC and the CNMC also discussed the transposition of the new ECN + directive. It was particularly interesting for the CNMC to know the Portuguese experience in the application of settlement procedures.
 
The AdC and the CNMC have reiterated the commitment to cooperate on priority issues of both entities, such as enforcement procedures and new strategies to fight bid-rigging in public procurement, in Portugal and Spain. Another relevant topic was cooperation in the analysis of merger cases.
 
9 April 2019