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The Austrian Competition Authority temporarily suspends most business operations and announces an electronic system for submitting merger notifications as special measures due to COVID-19

Corona (Covid-19) Update Further measures by the Austrian Federal Competition Authority 16. March 2020*

The AFCA is doing its utmost in the current situation to maintain at least limited business operations, taking into account the current circumstances in terms of organisation, human resources and technology.

However, we hope that you will understand the need for us to introduce the following measures:

Our offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

We are cancelling all business conferences, meetings, personal appointments, summons and invitations to the Authority until at least the end of March 2020.

Our switchboard is not staffed at all times.

We kindly ask that you get in touch by electronic means wherever possible and only contact us if your query or issue is urgent: please send enquiries to wettbewerb@bwb.gv.at. In urgent cases, you may contact our Managing Director Peter Matousek using the e-mail address peter.matousek@bwb.gv.at or his deputy/Head of Legal Service Natalie Harsdorf using the e-mail adress natalie.harsdorf@bwb.gv.at.

Our post room is not staffed at all times. We therefore advise against sending post to the AFCA.

The AFCA is working on providing a way to submit merger notifications electronically (electronic legal transactions). We are currently conducting a limited trial run with the Federal Cartel Prosecutor. Please always contact the AFCA before submitting an URGENT merger notification. The contact person in such cases is Ms Natalie Harsdorf (natalie.harsdorf@bwb.gv.at).

*This is the original title of the press release. The title above has been amended in order to match the e-Competitions format. Individual authors are welcome to provide original independent commentaries on the case law. Articles are subject to approval by the Board of e-Competitions Bulletin before publication based on the Editorial Policy (click here).

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Austrian Competition Authority, The Austrian Competition Authority temporarily suspends most business operations and announces an electronic system for submitting merger notifications as special measures due to COVID-19, 16 March 2020, e-Competitions Preview, Art. N° 93781

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