Directorate-General Competition (COMP)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General is responsible for the implementation of competition rules as to ensure competition in the single EU market is not disrupted. The aim of their work is to ensure the welfare of the consumers and strengthening the competitiveness of the EU.

The main tasks of the DG are:

  • contest the establishment of cartels
  • evaluation and approval of mergers
  • liberalisation of markets and monitoring state interference
  • preventing unfair competition of enterprises by use of government aid
  • control of government aid regarding regional development and research programmes
  • international cooperation


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 285 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
06.03.2024  Report on Competition Policy 2023.
Report com(2024)115
26.01.2024  UPDATE ON COMPETITION ENFORCEMENT IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SECTOR (2018-2022) European competition authorities working together for affordable and innovative medicines.
Report com(2024)36
15.06.2023  Competition policy - annual report 2023.
04.04.2023  Report on Competition Policy 2022.
Report com(2023)184
14.07.2022  Report on Competition Policy 2021.
Report com(2022)337


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 21 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
06.07.2022  Application of a few Articles of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU to certain categories of State aid in the rail, inland waterway and multimodal transport sector.
Regulation com(2022)327
05.05.2021  Foreign subsidies distorting the internal market.
Regulation com(2021)223
06.06.2018  Amendment of Council Regulation 2015/1588 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU to certain categories of horizontal State ...
Regulation com(2018)398
22.03.2017  Proposal for a directive to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal ...
Directive com(2017)142
24.07.2013  Payment services in the internal market.
Directive com(2013)547


Legislation in force

There are at least 8 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
11.01.2008  Conclusion of the Agreement with the Government of Korea concerning cooperation on anti-competitive activities.
Decision sec(2007)1731
21.01.2004  Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 1177/2002 concerning a temporary defensive mechanism to shipbuilding.
Regulation com(2004)26
07.11.2001  EC position within the EC-Turkey Association Council, concerning a Decision of the EC-Turkey Association Council adopting the implementing rules necessary for the ...
Decision com(2001)632
19.03.1997  Aid to certain shipyards under restructuring.
Regulation com(1997)132
01.12.1993  .
Directive sec(1993)1891