Self-employed people who are engaged for gain in the provision of goods or services are subject to EU and Irish competition law. This ensures that the persons in question, who range from doctors, lawyers and other professionals, through to plumbers, electricians and people operating in the arts, media and culture sector, compete with each other in the market in which they are active.
The European Commission published new figures this week, on 25 April, showing that in 2015 more than 2,000 dangerous products triggered EU-wide alerts.
In a very important initiative, the European Commission recently held a public consultation to gather views on whether the enforcement capacities of NCAs need to be strengthened in order to ensure that they can enforce EU competition law more effectively within their jurisdictions.
Unsafe consumer products can cause accidents, injuries and in extreme cases, death. Protecting consumers in Ireland from unsafe non-food consumer products is the primary aim of the Product Safety Unit (PSU), part of the Criminal Enforcement Division, in the CCPC.
Director of Legal Services at the Commission, Úna Butler, provides her insights into the Commission’s work, focusing in particular on the organisation’s implementation of the new merger review rules.