*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. Nathalie Homobono: I would like to thank the AFEC and its Chairman, Jean-Louis Fourgoux, for giving me the opportunity, as you have done regularly for the past few years, to come and speak before an eminent and numerous assembly of competition law specialists on the role of the Minister of the Economy, and therefore of the DGCCRF, in the field of anti-competitive practices and restrictive competition practices. 2. You have taken up this subject, which is fully in line with the competition policy implemented by the government, for which it is a question, beyond competition law alone, of ensuring that an approach to competition based on the
The fight against anti-competitive practices relies on an organization in which the Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) and the French Competition Authority (ADLC) work in close and complementary collaboration. The DGCCRF supplies prosecution services with abundant evidence detected all over French territory through its territorial coverage. It carries out a large part of competition investigations, including concerning national practices. Number of these investigations allow the ADLC to impose penalties. By developing a policy that punishes local anti-competitive practices, the DGCCRF contributes to the development of a competition culture in the small or medium-size enterprises (SME) / very small enterprises (VSE) while relieving the ADLC. The Minister of Economy plays a key role in the fight against restrictive practices. He uses significant resources to perform market surveillance and to punish abuses and achieves good results in his mission to protect the economic public order. However, sanctions cannot solve all the difficulties and the balance of trade relations is primarily the responsibility of companies themselves.
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