Canada and Europe working together to boost competition enforcement

News Release

European Commission visits Competition Bureau in Canada

March 27, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

Competition policy and enforcement were on the agenda of formal meetings held in Gatineau today between the Commissioner of Competition, John Pecman, and the European Commission’s Director-General for Competition, Johannes Laitenberger.

The agencies discussed their priorities, ongoing cooperation, significant enforcement cases, and developments in areas of mutual interest, including the digital economy and promoting competition and innovation in their respective economies.

The European Union is Canada’s second-largest trading partner. The anticipated provisional applications of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) this spring will open a new dimension in the relationship and cooperation between the two agencies. The Competition Bureau’s continuing cooperation with the European Commission allows for more effective competition law enforcement, which benefits consumers in Canada and Canadian businesses abroad.

Quick Facts

  • Canada signed a cooperation agreement with the European Union regarding the application of their competition laws in 1999.

  • The Bureau has cooperation instruments in place with 13 other foreign jurisdictions, including Australia, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  • Cooperation with the Competition Bureau’s international counterparts aids in the effective enforcement and administration of the Competition Act.

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