Norway Competition Authority

The Norwegian Competition Authority's aim Is to ensure well-functioning markets for the benefit of consumers and society at large.

The Authority enforces the Norwegian Competition Act in respect of three main areas of competition law: unlawful cooperation (Section 10). abuse of a dominant position (Section 11) and control of mergers and acquisitions (Section 16).

Our mission is to help ensure efficient use of society's resources by promoting competition for the benefit of consumers and businesses In various national markets.

An important strategic goal is that assessments and deasions shall be of the highest international standard.

The Norwegian Competition Authority is an independent regulatory agency whose activities are based on laws and decisions adopted by the Norwegian parliament (Storting), the government and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. The Authority also engages in extensive International cooperation. Through the EEA Agreement competition rules mirroring the rules of the European Union are implemented and enforced in Norway.

The Norwegian Competition Authority is led by its Director General, Lars Sargard. The Director General is appointed by the King in Council for a term of SD( years.

The Norwegian Competition Authority employs around 116 people and has its headquarters in Bergen.

The Norwegian Competition Authority was established on 1 January 1994, at the same time as the Norwegian Competition Act and the PTICe Policy Act came Into effect. However, the history of Norway's pricing and competition authorities can be traced all the way back to the last part of World War i.

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