The Anti-Trust Authority – From the Director General
The Israel Antitrust Authority is responsible for promoting competition in Israel and for preserving existing competition in the economy. In recent years, the Antitrust Authority has begun to focus on centralization in the market, in accordance with the Law for Promotion of Competition and Reduction of Concentration, in an attempt to reduce market-wide concentration in the Israeli economy.
The Authority’s initiatives impact many different fields and sectors in the market. It strives to promote competition in the finance (banking, insurance, pension, etc.) and media sectors, and in industries such as food, retail, transportation, healthcare, infrastructure and environment protection, energy and more. These diverse activities and initiatives are made possible thanks to a quality, professional, dedicated staff that works day and night to maintain and promote competition in the market.
The Antitrust Authority is authorized to enforce many different regulations, which it does in accordance with the policies that it formulated over the years and with the guidelines that it publishes. These criminal enforcement tools are utilized by the Antitrust Authority to investigate and prosecute cartel crimes and tender coordination. In recent years the Antitrust Authority was also granted the authority to impose monetary sanctions, which it uses in accordance with its manifesto that emphasizes how violation of the law interferes with competition. In addition to these tools, the Authority may declare that a law has been broken, give orders to the monopoly owner, define terms for mergers and exemptions, and more.
One of the most fundamental recent developments in the Authority is its productive collaborations with other government organizations, including consultations for the government as well as activities related to the Concentration Law. I believe that this welcome change has already helped principles of competition to penetrate government decisions in a wide range of fields, and that it will continue to do so in the future. I thank all of the government organizations that collaborate with us, as well as the members of the consulting committee on exemptions and mergers, for the productive discourse and for the time and consideration that they invested in these important issues.
The Antitrust Authority strives to makes its work as accessible to the public as possible. I call upon the public to follow our activities by reading our online reports, to become involved in action that is being taken, and to take part in professional discourse by responding to the papers that are published for public hearings, so that we can obtain different opinions, approaches and ideas about our work at the Authority.
This website is part of our effort to make the work of the Antitrust Authority accessible to the public. We update the website regularly so that all of the information that it contains remains accessible and easy to use. Widespread public use of this website will be an indication of our success, and we appreciate any comments that you have that can help us improve.
Adv. Michal Halperin
Director General of the Israel Antitrust Authority