Commitment Decisions

Commitment Decisions

Commitment Decisions. Introduction

Article 9 of Council Regulation 1/2003 provides the Commission with the possibility to conclude cases by means of a “commitment decision”, in which the commitments offered by the undertaking are rendered binding on it. Such a decision concludes that there are no longer any grounds for action by the Commission.

More about Commitment Decisions

Following this introduction, section 2 addresses some general policy considerations as to when commitment decisions are appropriate. In section 3, the substantive requirements for commitment decisions are described.

More about the Subject

This Module should be read together with the section on commitment decisions in the Notice on Antitrust Best Practices 1 which takes priorities in all respects.

Other Considerations

During the whole procedure, support from Unit 02 may be requested at any moment. It is recommended to keep all relevant services (Unit 02, and if policy relevant Strategy Director (A), the Chief Economist, if involved, and Legal Service) informed of the progress of commitment discussions, so that their comments can be taken on board during the commitment discussions. If necessary organise a meeting with the relevant services to agree on the line to take.


See Also


  • Information about Commitment Decisions in the Antitrust Manual of Procedures for the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (Internal DG Competition)

Further Reading

  • Information about Commitment Decisions in EU Competition Procedure, 3rd. Edition, Edited by Luis Ortiz Blanco (Oxford University Press)

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