1 October 2002
The FCA’s strategy in the coming years is to gradually shift emphasis from reactive competition control to proactive activities and influencing. The FCA’s expertise is exploited by a re-organisation of the previous industry-based units to new groups based on the type of competition restraint. The new or-ganisation is effective from 1 October 2002.
The organisation reform brings with it three new units. The Monopolies Unit deals with abuses of dominant position and merger control. The Cartels Unit investigates cartels and other concerted activities between competitors, distribution channels restraints and governmental competition restraints. The Advocacy Unit aims at affecting, proactively, the harmful market conduct of the business community and the government.
To promote competition, the FCA cooperates closely with universities, research institutes and scholars in the field. The aim is that market operators and parties influencing the operations in the markets are familiar with the competition rules and committed to promoting effective competition by their actions.
Price and market sharing cartels constitute particularly harmful competition restraints because they directly result in higher consumer prices. The FCA seeks to expose cartels efficiently by means of tip-offs, inspections and background investigations.
In cases of abuse of dominant position, particularly such competition restraints are examined which prevent the development of new forms of operations or restrict entry into the field. It is the aim of merger control to maintain effective market operations by intervening in mergers leading up to or strengthening a dominant position, which significantly impede competition in Finland.
The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities Competitor of the Year
The FCA has elected the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities as Competitor of the Year. The acknowledgement was received by Competition Ombudsman Ms Leena Piekkola.
The FCA and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities have a tradition of long cooperation in the promotion of competition in the regional sector. Within the association, the work has this year led to the founding of a competition policy working group and the confirming of the strategies on competition policy in the Association.
Director General Matti Purasjoki