The Italian Government attributes new powers to the Competition Authority

Italy: New Powers for Competition Authority in the Field of Competition Law and Consumer Protection* Following the Italian Competition Authority’s (ICA) report of 5 January 2012 regarding pro-competitive measures to increase the competitiveness of the main sectors of the Italian economy, the Italian Government adopted on 22 December 2011 Decree Law no. 214 /2011 (“Salva Italia” Decree) and on 24 January 2012, Decree law no. 1/2012 (“Cresci Italia” Decree). Those Decrees attribute new powers to the ICA in the field of competition and consumer protection such as new surveillance, reporting and advisory powers and modifying merger notification thresholds and have entered into force respectively on 27 December 2011 and on 24 January 2012. New advisory duties and powers to legally challenge

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European Competition Network Brief, The Italian Government attributes new powers to the Competition Authority, 22 December 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2011, Art. N° 48457

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