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Competition Policy

Bilateral relations on competition issues

The European Commission has engaged actively in cooperation with competition authorities of many countries outside the EU. Cooperation with some of them is based on bilateral agreements dedicated entirely to competition (the so-called "dedicated agreements"). In other cases, competition provisions are included as part of wider general agreements such as free Trade Agreements, Partnership and Cooperation Agreements, Association Agreements, etc.

This page provides an overview of the third countries with which the Commission engages in cooperation in the area of competition policy. For each country, the table provides links to:

  • the website of the competition authority agency,
  • where applicable, the dedicated cooperation agreement(s) in the area of competition concluded between the EU and the country concerned,
  • where applicable, the general agreement(s) concluded between the EU and the third country concerned that contain provisions on competition policy. The full text of the agreement as published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) is also provided where available.

 

Country

Competition Agency

Dedicated agreements

General agreements containing competition provisions

ACP Countries (African, Caribbean, Pacific)

  

Cotonou agreement
(Competition related extract, Full text in OJ)
(2000)


Albania

Competition Law Authority

 

Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Albania
(Competition related extracts, Full text)
(2009)

 


Algeria

Competition Council

Ministry of Trade

 

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the EU and Algeria
(Competition related extracts, Full text in OJ)
(2005)


Andean
Community

General Secretariat

 

Trade Agreement between the EU and Colombia and Peru (2013)

Full text in OJ


Argentina

National Commission for the Defence of Competition

  


Armenia

State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition

 

Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Armenia
Fulltext in OJ (2018)


Australia

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  


Azerbaijan

Antimonopoly Department

 

Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan (1999)
Competition-related extracts, Full text in OJ


Barbados

Fair Trading Commission

  


Belarus

The Antimonopoly Committee of the Republic of Belarus

  


Benin

Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Employment Promotion; Management of Competition and Internal Trade

  


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Competition Council

 

Stablisation and Association agreement between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015)

Full text in OJ


Brazil

Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE)



 

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation en - pt
(2009)

Annex to the Framework Agreement for cooperation between the European Economic Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil - Exchange of letters between the European Economic Community and the Federative Republic of Brazil on maritime transport
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1995)


Burkina Faso

National Commission of Competition and Consumption

  


Cameroon

National Competition Commission

  


Canada

Competition Bureau Canada

Competition Tribunal

Agreement between the European Communities and the Government of Canada regarding the application of their competition laws (1999)
Full text in OJ

Framework Agreement for commercial and economic cooperation between the EU and Canada (1976)

(Competition-related extracts)

Full text in OJ


Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement, CETA (2017)

Full text in OJ


Caribbean Community

Community Competition Commission

CARICOM

 

CARIFORUM
Economic partnership agreement (2008) (full text in OJ)


Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)

Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)

 

EU-Central America Association Agreement (2012)


Chile

National Economic Prosecutor (FNE)

Tribunal for the Defense of Free Competition

 

Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Chile
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(2002)


China

State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)

Terms of Reference of the EU-China Competition Policy Dialogue (2004)

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation encn (2012)

Practical guidance for merger cooperation between DG COMP and Mofcom encn (2015)

Memorandum of Understanding on a dialogue in the area of the State aid control regime and the Fair Competition Review System (NDRC), 2.06.2017

Memorandum of Understanding on a dialogue in the area of the State Aid Control and the Fair Competition Review, April 2019

Terms of Reference of the EU-China Competition Policy Dialogue,  April 2019

 


Colombia

Superintendence of Industry and Commerce

 

Full text in OJ

(2013)

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Competition Commission

  


Costa Rica

Commission for the Promotion of Competition

  


Ecuador

Superintendencia de Control del Poder de Mercado

 

Protocol of Accession of Ecuador to the EU-Colombia/Peru Trade Agreement (2016)


Egypt

Egyptian Competition Authority

 

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Arab Republic of Egypt
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ) (2004)


El Salvador

Superintendence of Competition

  


Faroe Islands

Faroese Competition Authority

 

Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the Faroe Islands
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1996)


Fiji

Fijian Competition & Consumer Commission

 

  


Gambia

Gambia Competition Commission

  


Georgia

Georgian Competition Agency

 

Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia (2014)
Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)


Greenland

Greenland Competition Authority

  


Honduras

Commission for the Defence and Promotion of Competition

  


Iceland

Icelandic Competition Authority

 

EEA agreement


India

Competition Commission of India (CCI)

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation en
(2013)

 


Indonesia

Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition (KPPU)

  


Israel

Competition Authority

 

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States and the State of Israel
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ) (2000)

Regulation (EEC) N° 1274/75 concluding the Agreement between the European Economic Community and Israel (full text)


Jamaica

Fair Trading Commission (JFTC)

  


Japan

Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)

Agreement between the European Community and the Government of Japan concerning cooperation on anti-competitive activities
(2003)

Full text in OJ

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (2019)

Full text in OJ


Jersey

Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority

  


Jordan

Competition Directorate at the Ministry of Industry and Trade

 

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement between the EU and Jordan Competition-related extracts - Full text in OJ


Kazakhstan

The Antimonopoly agency (Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for competition protection)

 

Enchanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Kazakhstan (2016)
Full text in OJ


Kenya

Competition Authority of Kenya

  


Republic of Korea

Korea Fair Trade Commission

Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea concerning cooperation on anti-competitive activities (2009) full text in OJ

Cooperation agreement between the EC and the Government of the Federal Republic of Korea (Council decision - 2009)

EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

(Competition related extract) (2010)

Full text in OJ

Framework agreement between the European Union and its member states, on the one part, and the Republic of Korea, on the other part (Competition related extract, Full text) (2010)


Kosovo

This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Competition Agency

 

Stabilisation and association agreement between the EU and Kosovo (2016)

Full text in OJ


Kyrgyzstan

National Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic for Anti-Monopoly Policy and the development of competition

  


Laos

Enforcement Agency

  


Lebanon

Ministry of Economy and Trade

 

Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Lebanon
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(2006)


Liechtenstein

Amt für Volkswirtschaft

 

EEA agreement


Malawi

Competition and Fair Trading Commission

  


Mali

National Directorate for Commerce and Competition (DNCC)

  


Mauritius

Competition Commission of Mauritius

  


Mexico

Federal Competition Commission

Administrative Agreement on Cooperation (2018) es - en

Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the United Mexican States
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1997)

Decision No 2/2000 of the EC-Mexico Joint Council - Joint Declarations
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ) (2000)


Moldova

National Agency for the Protection of Competition

 

Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova (2016)
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)


Mongolia

Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection

  


Montenegro

Administration for Protection of Competition

 

Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro
(Competition related extracts)

Full text in OJ

(2010)


Morocco

Competition Council

Council Decision no. 1/2004 of the EU-Morocco Association Council of 19 April 2004 adopting the necessary rules for the implementation of the competition rules
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(2004)

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Kingdom of Morocco
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(2000)


Namibia

Competition Commission

  


New Zealand

Commerce Commission

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, Competition Policy

  


Nicaragua

Procompetencia

  


North Macedonia

Commission for Protection of Competition

 

Stabilisation and Association Agreement
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(2004)


Norway

Norwegian Competition Authority

 

EEA agreement


Pakistan

Competition Commission of Pakistan

  


Panama

Authority for Consumer Protection and Competition Defence

  


Papua New Guinea

Independent Consumer and Competition Commission

  


Peru

National Institute for the Defence of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI)

 

Trade Agreement between the European Union and Colombia and Peru (2011)

Full text in OJ


Philippines

Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection, Department of Trade and Industry

  


Russian Federation

Federal Antimonopoly Service

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation enru (2011)

Agreement on partnership and cooperation establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States and the Russian Federation
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1997)


Serbia

Commission for the Protection of Competition

 

Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Serbia
(Competition related extracts) (full text)
(2013)


Seychelles

Fair Trading Commission (e-mail address)

  


Singapore

Competition and Consumer Commission

 

Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Singapore (2019)
Full text


South Africa

Competition Commission

Competition Tribunal

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation en (2016)

Agreement on Trade, Development and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of South Africa
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1999)


Sri Lanka

Consumer Affairs Authority

  


Switzerland

Swiss Competition Authority

Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation concerning cooperation on the application of their competition laws (2014)
Full text in OJ

Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Swiss Confederation
(full text in OJ)
(1972)

Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on Air Transport
(Competition related extracts , full text in OJ)
(2002, Annex 2012)


Taiwan

Fair Trade Commission

  


Tajikistan

State Agency on Anti-monopoly Policy and Support for Entrepreneurship of Tajikistan

  


Tanzania

Fair Competition Commission

  


Thailand

Trade Competition Commission, Ministry of Commerce

  


Trinidad and Tobago

Fair Trading Commission

  


Tunisia

Competition Council

 

Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Tunisia (Competition related extracts, Full text in OJ) (1998)


Turkey

Turkish Competition Authority (Rekabet Kurumu)

 

Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ) (1995)

Agreement between the European Coal and Steel Community and the Republic of Turkey
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1996)


Ukraine

Antimonopoly Committee

 

Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine (2014)
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ


United Kingdom

Competition and Markets Authority

 

Withdrawal Agreement (2020)
EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (2020)


United States

Federal Trade Commission

Department of Justice

Best Practices on Cooperation in merger investigations

Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Commission of the European Communities regarding the application of their competition laws (1991)
Full text in OJ

Agreement between the European Communities and the Government of the United States of America on the application of positive comity principles in the enforcement of their competition laws (1998)
Full text in OJ

 


Uruguay

Commission for Promotion and Defence of Competition

  



Uzbekistan

Antimonopoly Committee

  


Venezuela

Superintendence for the Promotion and Protection of Free Competition 
(Pro-Competencia)

 (e-mail address)

  


Vietnam

Vietnam Competition Authority

Vietnam Competition Council

 

Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Vietnam (2019)
Full text in OJ

West Bank and the Gaza Strip

  

Euro-Mediterranean Interim Association Agreement on trade and cooperation between the European Community and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
(Competition related extracts, full text in OJ)
(1997)


Zambia

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (e-mail address)

  


Zimbabwe

Competition and Tariff Commission