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Competition Policy

Regulation 1/2003

Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 of 16 December 2002 on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty 

Evaluation of Regulations 1/2003 and 773/2004

The current framework for the application of EU competition rules is found in Regulation 1/2003. Regulation 1/2003 came into force on 1 May 2004 and replaced the procedural framework for the application of EU competition rules set out in Regulation 17 of 6 February 1962. Regulation 773/2004 set out the procedural framework for the application of Regulation 1/2003 and also came into force on 1 May 2004.

The Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, national competition authorities and other stakeholders have had almost 20 years of practice and experience in the application of Regulation 1/2003 and Regulation 773/2004. The time is therefore ripe to evaluate the procedural framework that the Regulations have created. Such an evaluation is particularly pertinent in light of the digitisation of the economy and the Commission’s priority of creating a Europe that is fit for the digital age.

In order to assist it in its evaluation of Regulation 1/2003 and Regulation 773/2004, the Commission launched an open call for tender for an evaluation support study.

Further information regarding this evaluation process, including on the call for evidence and public consultation, can be found on DG Competition’s Public Consultations page and on the Commission’s Have your Say website. 

Regulation 1/2003

Implementing Regulation

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 773/2004 of 7 April 2004 relating to the conduct of proceedings by the Commission pursuant to Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty
    Official Journal L 123, 27.04.2004, p. 18-24
  • The consolidated version of Regulation 773/2004 can be found here.

Ten Years of Antitrust Enforcement under Regulation 1/2003: Achievements and Future Perspectives

Report on Regulation 1/2003 pursuant to Art. 44 of the Regulation