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What We Do

Competition and Consumer Policy

Helping to make markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole

The work of the Department in this area is primarily concerned with consumer protection and welfare and the operation of markets which fall under three main headings:

  • national policy on current competition and consumer matters,
  • supporting as well as liaising with and monitoring the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) which exercises the main executive and operational responsibilities under competition and consumer legislation, and
  • contributing to the legislative and policy work of the European Union on competition and consumer policy.

In summary, the role can be described as helping to make markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole.


Section 4 of the Competition Act 2002 – Application for Exemption

Under the Competition Act 2002, a Trade Union may seek an exemption from the application of section 4 of the Act in respect of certain classes of self-employed workers. The Trade Union must apply for such an exemption in the format set out in the application form: Guidance Note and Application Form