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Mission of the ECN Unit

Mission of the ECN Unit

Mission of the ECN Unit in Directorate A

The ECN unit gives guidance to case-handlers on all aspects of Regulation 1/2003, of the Commission implementing Regulation No 773/2004 1 and of the related instruments, as regards the functioning of the Network.

More about Mission of the ECN Unit

In parallel, the mission of the ECN Unit comprises the coordination of the DGs relations with Member States in the field of antitrust, in particular with regard to the application of the antitrust rules by national competition authorities. The ECN Unit manages the ECN's general and horizontal activities. Apart from the networking on horizontal policy issues, this involves coordination work with regard to case allocation, the monitoring and scrutiny (in close cooperation with competent sectoral unit) of draft decisions/SOs from NCAs, advising on Article 11(6) measures (the initiation of procedures to ensure coherent application), the provision of informal assistance to NCAs (Help desk function) and the provision of assistance to sectoral units in DG Competition on ECN related issues. The ECN unit also ensures consistency across sectors in relations with the various Member States throughout the handling of DG Competition's own cases. It informs and where necessary consults within DG COMP on issues of relevance that come up in these contacts with the ECN.


See Also


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


[Note 1]
Commission Regulation (EC) No 773/2004 of 7 April 2004 relating to the conduct of proceedings by the Commission pursuant to Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty, OJ L 123, 27.04.2004, p. 18

Further Reading

  • Information about Mission of the ECN Unit in “An Introduction to EU Competition Law”, Moritz Lorenz (Cambridge University Press)