The French Competition Authority seizes itself on its own motion in order to issue an opinion on several questions involving mass retail distribution which may hinder the functioning of competition in this sector

On 25 February and 19 March 2010, the French Competition Authority decided on its own initiative, to make a reference to issue two opinions in the mass retail distribution sector, in order to ensure that the functioning of competition in this sector is not hindered. The French NCA's power to make an ex-officio reference stems from the provisions of Article L. 462-4 of the French Commercial Code, which provides: “The Competition Authority may, on its own initiative, make a reference for an Opinion on any issue related to competition. Such Opinion shall be published. It may also recommend the Minister of Economics or the minister in charge of the sector concerned, to implement all measures necessary to improve the functioning of markets' competition”. Since its creation in March 2009

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Lila Ferchiche, The French Competition Authority seizes itself on its own motion in order to issue an opinion on several questions involving mass retail distribution which may hinder the functioning of competition in this sector, 19 March 2010, e-Competitions March 2010, Art. N° 31033

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