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Cartel Immunity Programme

  • Cartel Immunity Programme
    Cartel Immunity Programme (PDF - 20.7KB)


    This notice outlines the policy and procedures involved in applying for immunity from prosecution for criminal offences under the Competition Acts, 1991 and 1996.

    The Competition Authority (the Authority) has identified the pursuit of cartels as a top priority. Cartel behaviour is almost inevitably harmful to consumers as it results in their having to pay more than they should for goods and services. Cartels are by their very nature conspiratorial. The participants are secretive and hard-core cartels are notoriously difficult to detect and prosecute successfully. This Programme encourages self-reporting of unlawful cartels by offenders at the earliest possible stage.

    This notice makes transparent the policy of both the Authority and the Director of Public Prosecutions (the DPP) in considering applications for immunity in such cases of self-reporting. It also outlines the process through which parties must agree to co-operate, in order to qualify for immunity.

    This Programme came into effect on 20th December 2001.



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