Monday, May 3, 2021
Competition law is a specific field of law which is enforced by various institutions. EU competition law, although being an exclusive competence of the EU, is enforced not only by EU institutions, but also by national institutions, national competition authorities in particular. What are the requirements for national competition authorities? To what extent does EU law prescribe the procedural rules on national level? Does EU law influence the enforcement of national competition law as well? These are the questions to be dealt with by this paper. First, the paper examines the differences between EU competition law and national competition law, Slovak competition law in particular. Second, the enforcement of both, EU and Slovak competition law is outlined. Third, the requirements for national enforcement of EU competition law are presented, in light of the new Directive 2019/1. Fourth, the paper suggests that compliance with EU requirements might influence the enforcement of Slovak competition law as well. The example of inspections conducted by the Slovak competition authority is used in this regard.