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Chairperson΄s Message

Dear visitors,

We welcome you to the website of the Commission for the Protection of Competition.

The Commission for the Protection of Competition is an independent authority of the Republic of Cyprus, responsible for the harmonious operation of the market within the rules of fair competition.

The Commission is composed by five members and consists of the Chairman and four other members that serve under full-time employment contract.

The competencies and powers of the Commission are defined by the Control of Concentrations of Enterprises Law 83(Ι)/2014 and the Protection of Competition Law no. 13(I)/2008 that was amended by the Law 41(Ι)/2014, enhancing and amending its competencies and powers. With the enactment of the Law no. 13(I)/2008 the Commission is the designated competition authority responsible for the application of articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty.

Additionally, in accordance with the provisions of the Interchange Fee for card-based payment transaction Law 75(I)/2018, the Competition Commission is the competent authority for ensuring the implementation of Sections 6, 8, 9, 10 (1) to (3), 11 and 12 of the Regulation (EU) 2015/571 on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions.

Browsing our site, you will find information on the legal framework, establishment, competencies and functions of the CPC, as well as recent decisions of the CPC.The site also offers you the opportunity to be briefed on the community law related to competition and other international developments in the field of competition.

In our scope of activity, the information and education of consumers is more than a necessity, while achieving our goal which is no other than the assurance of promoting the functioning of a healthy competition environment. We believe that our website is a valuable source and tool of information and a means of communicating with the citizens. As part of our social responsibility role we are motivated and driven by our vision and mission to make the CPC a prestigious institution that inspires respect and confidence. The better informed citizen will lead to a better understanding of the role of the Commission and all together we can aim to achieve the common objective which is to protect competition in the Cypriot as well as in the internal market, far from any anticompetitive distortions, as a means to boost public prosperity and social welfare by promoting the offering of higher quality goods and services at competitive prices.

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