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)


A legal or natural person appointed in merger cases to oversee the implementation of commitments and to contribute to their implementation where required. The trustee is appointed by the parties who have offered commitments the Commission with the Commission’s approval. His powers and duties are set out in the Trustee mandate, an agreement between the trustee and the parties - again subject to the Commission’s approval. The Trustee normally has the power to propose and if necessary impose measures on the parties to ensure compliance with the commitments as well as an irrevocable mandate to effect the divestiture of the business or businesses to be sold, at no minimum price, if the parties fail to do so within a given period.

See: Commission Notice on remedies acceptable under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 and under Commission Regulation (EC) No 802/2004

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