Austrian Competition Authority

Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority was established as a monocratic authority with the Competition Act (Wettbewerbsgesetz) in 2002. The Director General is independent from orders of the ministry although the Austrian Federal Competition Authority administrativly belongs to the Ministry of Economics. The Authority has to take care for a well functioning competition in Austria. It is the investigating body and legal party in cartel cases. Decision however are made by the Cartel Court.


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Austrian Competition Authority The Austrian Federal Competition Authority initiates investigation proceedings concerning discrimination against retailers on the internet (Amazon)


After a first analysis, discussions with the European Commission (DG Competition) and the German Bundeskartellamt, the BWB has decided to initiate investigation proceedings concerning suspected infringements of Austrian and European Competition Law. The BWB will examine, whether Amazon abused (...)

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