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Frequently asked questions

Antitrust practices

The Leniency Programme sets the legal framework for granting immunity from fines and for reduction of fines to undertakings in administrative proceedings concerning the infringement of competition rules.
The Leniency Programme sets out a special legal framework for granting full or partial immunity from fines in proceedings for infringement of competition rules under article 9 of the Competition Act (Law No. 19/2012, of 8 of May) and article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. 
For more information, visit the page about the programme.

Antitrust practices

Access the AdC’s Complaints Portal and find out how to report a practice that harms competition.

 

AdC

The AdC is active across borders through cooperation with similar competition authorities in the European Union and on a worldwide level, and through cooperation with several international organisations. The specialised press considers the AdC as one of the best 20 competition authorities worldwide.

AdC

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AdC

You can contact AdC through the following means:
Telephone: (+351) 217 902 000 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm).
E-mail: adc@concorrencia.pt

In case you would like to file a complaint concerning an anti-competitive practice you must do it here.

Merger control

Notifications of concentration must be made and consulted through the SNEOC — System of Electronic Notification of Merge Operations — platform. See how you can register to submit a notification or access an ongoing procedure.

AdC

Visit AdC’s Recruitment page to find the available vacancies and information on how to submit your application, both for recruitment and internships.

AdC

Yes. The AdC is aware of the importance of user’s privacy. 
Find more about the AdC’s Policy Privacy.

Merger control

There are three levels of notification fees:

  • Base Rate (Initial Instruction): €7.500; €15.000; ou €25.000, depending on the turnover of participating undertakings;
  • In-depth Investigation Rate (Second Instruction Phase); additional fee corresponding to 50% of the applicable Base Rate;
  • Officio Procedure Rate: Applicable Base Rate doubled.

Pursuant to article 94 of Law no. 19/2012, of 8 May (Portuguese Competition Act), and under Regulation no. 1/E/2003, of 25 July, payment must be performed to the Portuguese Competition Authority by crediting the account of the Portuguese Competition Authority.
Bank details of the AdC:
Account No. 7924 on behalf of the AdC at the Agência de Gestão da Tesouraria e da Dívida Pública - IGCP.

All charges for bank transfers concerning the payment of fees applicable to concentrations are of the responsibility of the notifying entity(ies). 

Combating Bid-Rigging

The most common forms of bid-rigging in public procurement are:

  • Bid rotation, in which competitors alternate among themselves the winner of the procedure;
  • Bid suppression, so that the contract is awarded to the company that was chosen by competitors to win the procedure;
  • Cover biddings, which create the illusion of competition;
  • Subcontracting as compensation for applicants who do not compete effectively;
  • Market splitting concerning geographical areas, products and services or consumers.