This year the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) celebrates its 60th Anniversary. During these 60 years, the authority has undergone constant change, progressively refining its toolbox to protect competition. In 1958 the Bundeskartellamt took up the prosecution of cartels and abuse of market power. Since 1973 it has also examined mergers. In 1999 it gained competences in the area of public procurement law. Since 2017 the authority can also carry out sector inquiries into consumer protection issues. The Bundeskartellamt has always proved able to overcome even great changes.