THE HELLENIC

COMPETITION COMMISSION

Organizations and structure of the directorate - general for Competition

President of the HCC
Vassiliki Thanou-Christofilou, President of the Supreme Court (Hon.Member)

  

Vice-President of the HCC
Anna Nakou, Attorney-at-law  

Commissioners-Rapporteurs, Members of the Board :

1. Nikolaos Zevgolis, Ph.D., Attorney-at-law 

2. Panagiotis Fotis, Ph.D., Economist

3. Ioannis Pavlovits, Economist

4. Ioannis Stefatos, Economist

Other Members of the Board
1. Sotirios Karkalakos, Professor, University of Piraeus.
2. Ioannis Petroglou, Ph.D., Attorney-at-law .

Alternate Members of the Board
1. Michael Polemis, Assistant Professor, University of Piraeus.
2. Αfroditi Adamakou, Attorney-at-law. 

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Tasks and Powers of the H.C.C.

The HCC is the authority responsible for the enforcement of Greek law 3959/2011, "Protection of Free Competition" (hereinafter “Competition Act”), previously Law 703/1977, as well as of Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

Pursuant to Law 2296/95, the HCC is an Independent Administrative Authority with procedural and decision-making autonomy. Pursuant to Law 2837/2000, the HCC also enjoys financial autonomy.

The HCC performs all the enforcement actions of a designated National Competition Authority to apply national and EU competition rules, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1/2003 (see Art. 5). It also has consultative powers in the area of identifying and removing regulatory barriers to competition.

In particular, the HCC has broad enforcement powers in the area of collusive practices/cartels, abuses of dominance and merger control. In this context, the HCC may:

• Take decisions finding an infringement of Article 1 of the Competition Act and Article 101 TFEU (collusive agreements and/or concerted practices between undertakings that have as their object or effect the restriction of competition) and impose administrative fines.

• Take decisions finding an infringement of Article 2 of the Competition Act and Article 102 TFEU (abuse of dominance) and impose administrative fines.

• Take interim measures in case of suspected infringement of Articles 1, 2 and 11 of the Competition Act, as well as of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU.

• Review prior notifications of envisaged mergers & acquisitions (merger control of concentrations), in accordance with Articles 5 - 9 of the Competition Act, and impose pertinent measures and sanctions.

• Launch investigations and conduct dawn raids for the enforcement of antitrust and merger control rules.

• Deliver opinions on competition issues on its own initiative or upon request of the Minister of Development and Competitiveness or of any other competent Minister, in accordance with Article 23 of the Competition Act.

• Conduct sector inquiries, in accordance with article 40 of the Competition Act.

The HCC co-operates closely with the European Commission and the national competition authorities in all EU Member States in order to enforce the EU competition rules, primarily in the context of the Regulation (EC) 1/2003.

Furthermore, it co-operates closely with other competition authorities in its capacity as a member of the OECD and the ICN (International Competition Network).

The Hellenic Competition Commission has no jurisdiction over the application of the provisions of law 146/1914 on unfair competition, the application of which is in the competence of civil courts.

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Services under the President's jurisdiction 
The services that come under the President consist of three (3) offices reporting directly to the President of the Competition Commission:

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Office of the President

This is mainly responsible for the secretarial and administrative work and for public relations.

Office of Secretaries

This is mainly responsible for the secretarial support of the Competition Commission.

Legal Support Office

Directorate - General for Competition
This office is responsible for the defence and legal support of actionstaken by the Competition Commission both in and out of the Courts, aswell as for the judicial defence and legal support of the Commission'smembers and staff.

The Directorate - General of the Competition Commission is made up of four (4) Directorates and one (1) autonomous Department:

Α΄ and B' Operational Directorates

These are mainly responsible for the control of business practices and concentrations between undertakings, for cases brought to the Competition Commission by the European Union in the context of enforcing the Community competition rules, after complaints and notifications submitted, or ex officio investigations.

The First Operational Directorate deals with product markets, while the Second Operational Directorate with service markets. 

Directorate of Legal Services

This is mainly responsible for providing legal support to the Competition Commission, its Directorates, and the Departments of the Directorate - General.

Directorate of Administration and Financial Support