The Hellenic Competition Commission announces criteria for the examination of complaints

The Hellenic Competition Commission has published a list of indicative criteria for the prioritisation of pending and future cases. In that respect, it abandons the criterion of the chronological order of submission of the complaints and gives, on grounds of public interest, priority to ex-officio investigations and Commission opinions in response to requests from public authorities.

With regards to complaints, the Commission shall take into account: (a) whether the anti-competitive practice affects a large part of the relevant geographic market; (b) the impact on consumers due to the importance of the relevant market; (c) whether the anticompetitive practice results in significant price increases in specific sector(s) of the economy; (d) the cumulative or multiplying effect of an anti-competitive practice and (e) whether the case raises a novel issue or one of particular legal importance for the protection of healthy competition.