The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has published its Annual Report for 2017, its third such report since it was established in October 2014.
The 2017 Annual Report continues the focus on enforcement activity, with the CCPC highlighting the first conviction for bid rigging and the first custodial sentence for selling a clocked car in Ireland. The CCPC welcomes the publication of the ECN+ Directive as significant progress towards its longstanding goal of introducing financial penalties of a civil or administrative nature in Ireland. In addition to highlighting the growth in its staff numbers during 2017 and its high priority sectors including mortgages, vehicle crime, PCP car finance, event ticketing, domestic waste, motor insurance and residential care, the CCPC also identifies Brexit as an ongoing challenge. Below are the highlights of the Report in the competition arena. This document contains a general summary of developments and is not a complete or definitive statement of the law. Specific legal advice should be obtained where appropriate. The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has published its Annual Report for 2017, its third such report since it was established in October 2014. Number of competition complaints received in 2017 Complaints into alleged breaches of competition law constitute a major source of intelligence for the CCPC. In 2017, the CCPC received 42,112 contacts in total (through email, phone, social media and post) which represents an increase of almost 6% from 2016. Number of new criminal enforcement files opened in 2017 By contrast, 17 files relating to potential criminal breaches of competition law were closed during the year. Number of witness summons issued under civil enforcement powers The CCPC also issued six formal Requirements for Information in the course of opening two new civil investigations in 2017