Swedish proposal for authority decision-making powers gets mixed response

- Opponents see no efficiency increases, bad court record

- Agency director-general sees clear efficiency benefits

- Proposal for implementing ECN+ directive expected later in summer

 

 

A government proposal to grant Sweden’s Konkurrensverket the power to take antitrust fining decisions instead of going to court has met with polarised opinions.

 

The government’s justification for the proposal, put to consultation in March as part of reform required for the ECN+ Directive, was two-fold: it would ensure harmonisation with other EU jurisdictions and allow for greater investigative efficiency.

 

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