April / May 2001

Ireland: Competition Authority explores possible cartel immunity programme

01 April 2001

The Irish Competition Authority is concentrating its resources on enforcement, particularly on the criminal prosecution of cartels. In parallel with this, it has issued a consultation paper inviting comments on the elements which should be incorporated in a cartel immunity programme. The success of such a programme will depend on whether the Authority’s enforcement activity is seen as a serious threat to cartels and on whether the immunity programme provides cartel participants with sufficient incentives to cooperate with the Authority in particular cases. In relation to both of these questions, the jury is still out.