The aim of the reform is to ensure smoother merger control and to allocate more of the Competition Division’s resources to cartel controls.
A new department called Enforcement 3 has been set up under the Competition Division of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA). The new department is responsible for merger control.
“The number of mergers reported to the FCCA has increased in recent years. The percentage of complex mergers with potentially having effect on competition has also grown considerably. The reform is aimed at ensuring our ability to also carry out efficient merger control in the future,” explains Timo Mattila, Head of the FCCA’s Competition Division.
The departments of the Competition Division no longer focus on specific industries or areas of competition law, and instead experts can be pooled from different departments to investigate suspected cartel arrangements, for example.
Enforcement 2 is still headed by Valtteri Virtanen. Maarit Taurula, who previously acted as the FCCA’s Head of Research in the field of public procurement, has been appointed as Head of Enforcement 1. Enforcement 3 will be headed by the FCCA’s former Head of Merger Control Sanna Syrjälä.
The FCCA adopted the new organisational structure on 24 September 2018.
Timo Mattila, Head of Competition Division, tel. +358 (0)29 505 3332