Glossary of competition terms

This Glossary was prepared by DG COMP and the OECD for non-competition specialists. Each term is enriched with references of national case laws from the e-Competitions Bulletin. (© European Union - © OECD)

Commitments (or remedies)

Proposal by the parties to a concentration to modify their originally notified project within a specified period (for example by divesting a business or assets). Such commitments must address the competition concerns raised by the Commission and restore competition in the relevant product and geographic markets. They can form the basis for the Commission’s clearance of the notified concentration. The Commission may attach conditions and/or obligations (see below) to its clearance decision, so as to ensure compliance with the commitments offered. A similar approach is applied by the Commission in proceedings dealing with the abuse of a dominant position.

See: the Merger Regulation, Commission Notice on Remedies (2008/C 267/01)

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