Poland: Office of Competition and Consumer Protection

30 July 2014

Last year was marked by intensive work on an amended competition and consumer protection law, approved by the government in July 2013 and by parliament in June 2014. Key changes include the introduction of a two-stage merger approval, which should shorten proceedings to one month for about two-thirds of cases. The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) will be able to express concerns about the more complex cases before issuing a formal decision, giving companies a chance to respond and modify their proposals.