Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato
The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (English: Antitrust Authority), also known under the abbreviation AGCM, is an Italian quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization established on the basis of Law no 287 of 10 October 1990, 100 years after the Sherman Antitrust Act.
An annual report is presented to the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy.
The main duties of the authority are:
- Vigilance against abuses from market dominance.
- Vigilance against cartels that may prejudice or restrict fair competition (Anti-competitive practices).
- Vigilance on takeovers to check concentration ratio and verify market impact.
- Consumer protection, against unfair trade practices and false advertising.
- Supervise and penalize the cases of conflict of interest regarding members of Government of Italy.
The Authority in such cases may conduct investigations or hearings, even with the Guardia di Finanza at his disposal, which may result in a warning or an administrative penalty.
- AGCM Official Website
- AGCM commission hearings are available on Radio Radicale website (in Italian).
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