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Act against Restraints of Competition
(Competition Act – GWB)

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Part I
Restraints of Competition
First Chapter
Agreements, Decisions and Concerted Practices Restricting Competition
§ 1Prohibition of Agreements Restricting Competition
§ 2Exempted Agreements
§ 3Cartels of Small or Medium-Sized Enterprises
§§ 4 to 17(abolished)
Second Chapter
Market Dominance, Other Restrictive Practices
§ 18Market Dominance
§ 19Prohibited Conduct of Dominant Undertakings
§ 20Prohibited Conduct of Undertakings with Relative or Superior Market Power
§ 21Prohibition of Boycott and Other Restrictive Practices
Third Chapter
Application of European Competition Law
§ 22Relationship between this Act and Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
§ 23(abolished)
Fourth Chapter
Competition Rules
§ 24Definition, Application for Recognition
§ 25Third Party Comments
§ 26Recognition
§ 27Information on Competition Rules, Publications
Fifth Chapter
Special Provisions for Certain Sectors of the Economy
§ 28Agriculture
§ 29Energy Sector
§ 30Resale Price Maintenance Agreements for Newspapers and Magazines
§ 31Water Management Contracts
§ 31aWater Management, Notification Requirement
§ 31bWater Management, Duties and Powers of the Competition Authority, Sanctions
Sixth Chapter
Powers of the Competition Authorities, Sanctions
§ 32Termination and Subsequent Declaration of Infringements
§ 32aInterim Measures
§ 32bCommitments
§ 32cNo Grounds for Action
§ 32dWithdrawal of Exemption
§ 32eInvestigations into Sectors of the Economy and Types of Agreements
§ 33Claims for Injunctions, Liability for Damages
§ 34Disgorgement of Benefits by the Competition Authority
§ 34aDisgorgement of Benefits by Associations
Seventh Chapter
Control of Concentrations
§ 35Scope of Application of the Control of Concentrations
§ 36Principles for the Appraisal of Concentrations
§ 37Concentration
§ 38Calculation of Turnover and Market Shares
§ 39Notification and Information Obligation
§ 40Procedure of Control of Concentrations
§ 41Prohibition on Implementing, Divestiture
§ 42Ministerial Authorisation
§ 43Publications
Eighth Chapter
Monopolies Commission
§ 44Tasks
§ 45Members
§ 46Decisions, Organisation, Rights and Duties of the Members
§ 47Transmission of Statistical Data
Ninth Chapter
Market Transparency Units for Electricity and Gas Wholesale Trading and Fuels
Market Transparency Unit for Electricity and Gas Wholesale Trading
§ 47aEstablishment, Competencies, Organisation
§ 47bTasks
§ 47cUse of Data
§ 47dPowers
§ 47e Reporting Obligations
§ 47fPower to issue an Ordinance
§ 47gAreas for issuing Determinations
§ 47hReporting Duties, Publications
§ 47iCooperation with other Authorities and Supervisory Entities
§ 47jConfidential Information, Operational Reliability, Data Protection
Market Transparency Unit for Fuels
§ 47kFuel Market Monitoring
§ 47lEvaluation of the Market Transparency Units
Part II
Competition Authorities
First Chapter
General Provisions
§ 48Competencies
§ 49Bundeskartellamt and Supreme Land Authority
§ 50Enforcement of European Law
§ 50aCooperation within the Network of European Competition Authorities
§ 50bOther Cooperation with Foreign Competition Authorities
§ 50cCooperation of Authorities
Second Chapter
§ 51Seat, Organisation
§ 52Publication of General Instructions
§ 53Report on Activities
Part III
Proceedings and Legal Protection against Protracted Judicial Proceedings
First Chapter
Administrative Matters
Proceedings before the Competition Authorities
§ 54Institution of Proceedings; Parties
§ 55Preliminary Decision on Jurisdiction
§ 56Opportunity to Comment, Hearing
§ 57Investigations, Evidence
§ 58Seizure
§ 59Requests for Information
§ 60Preliminary Injunctions
§ 61Completion of the Proceedings, Reasons for the Decision, Service
§ 62Publication of Decisions
§ 63Admissibility; Jurisdiction
§ 64Suspensive Effect
§ 65Order of Immediate Enforcement
§ 66Time Limits and Formal Requirements
§ 67Parties to the Appeal Proceedings
§ 68Mandatory Representation by Lawyers
§ 69Hearing
§ 70Principle of Investigation
§ 71Decision on the Appeal
§ 71aRelief in Case of Violation of the Right to be Heard
§ 72Access to Files
§ 73Application of the Provisions of the German Courts Constitution Act and the German Code of Civil Procedure
Appeal on Points of Law
§ 74Leave to Appeal, Absolute Reasons for Appeal
§ 75Appeal against Refusal to Grant Leave
§ 76Right to Appeal, Formal Requirements and Time Limits
Common Provisions
§ 77Capacity to Participate in the Proceedings
§ 78Apportionment and Taxation of Costs
§ 78aElectronic Transmission of Documents
§ 79Ordinances
§ 80Chargeable Acts
Second Chapter
Administrative Fine Proceedings
§ 81Provisions Concerning Administrative Fines
§ 81aDisclosure Duties
§ 82Jurisdiction in Proceedings for the Imposition of an Administrative Fine against a Legal Person or Association of Persons
§ 82aCompetences and Jurisdiction in Judicial Proceedings Concerning Administrative Fines
§ 83Jurisdiction of the Higher Regional Court in Judicial Proceedings
§ 84Appeal to the Federal Court of Justice on Points of Law
§ 85Proceedings for Revision of an Order Imposing an Administrative Fine
§ 86Court Decisions Concerning Enforcement
Third Chapter
§ 86aEnforcement
Fourth Chapter
Civil Actions
§ 87Exclusive Jurisdiction of the Regional Courts
§ 88Joining of Actions
§ 89Jurisdiction of one Regional Court for Several Court Districts
§ 89aAdjustment of the Value in Dispute
Fifth Chapter
Common Provisions
§ 90Information of and Participation by the Competition Authorities
§ 90aCooperation of the Courts with the European Commission and the Competition Authorities
§ 91Antitrust Division of the Higher Regional Court
§ 92Jurisdiction of a Higher Regional Court or of the Supreme Court of a Land for Several Court Districts in Administrative Matters and Proceedings Concerning Administrative Fines
§ 93Jurisdiction over Appeals
§ 94Cartel Panel of the Federal Court of Justice
§ 95Exclusive Jurisdiction
§ 96(abolished)
Part IV
Award of Public Contracts
First Chapter
Award Procedures
§ 97General Principles
§ 98Contracting Entities
§ 99Public Contracts
§ 100Scope of Application
§ 100aSpecial Exceptions for Contracts that are not Sector-Specific and not Relevant to Defence or Security
§ 100bSpecial Exceptions for Certain Sectors
§ 100cSpecial Exceptions for the Defense and Security Sectors
§ 101Types of Award Procedures
§ 101aInformation and Standstill Obligation
§ 101bIneffectiveness
Second Chapter
Review Procedures
Reviewing Authorities
§ 102Principle
§ 103(abolished)
§ 104Public Procurement Tribunals
§ 105Composition, Independence
§ 106Establishment, Organisation
§ 106aDelimitation of Competence of the Public Procurement Tribunals
Proceedings before the Public Procurement Tribunal
§ 107Initiation of Proceedings, Application
§ 108Form
§ 109Parties to the Proceedings, Admission to the Proceedings
§ 110Principle of Investigation
§ 110aStoring of Confidential Documents
§ 111Access to Files
§ 112Hearing
§ 113Expedition
§ 114Decision of the Public Procurement Tribunal
§ 115Suspension of the Award Procedure
§ 115aExclusion of Divergent Land Law
Immediate Appeal
§ 116Admissibility, Jurisdiction
§ 117Time Limit, Formal Requirements
§ 118Effect
§ 119Parties to the Appeal Proceedings
§ 120Procedural Provisions
§ 121Preliminary Decision on the Award
§ 122End of the Award Procedure after the Decision of the Appellate Court
§ 123Decision on the Appeal
§ 124Binding Effect and Duty to Refer the Matter
Third Chapter
Other Provisions
§ 125Damages in the Event of an Abuse of Law
§ 126Claim for Damages arising from Reliance
§ 127Authorisations
§ 127aCosts for Expert Opinions and Observations under the German Sector Ordinance; Power to Introduce Ordinances
§ 128Costs of Proceedings before the Public Procurement Tribunal
§ 129Corrective Mechanism of the Commission
§ 129aInformation Duties of the Review Bodies
§ 129bProvision for Contracting Entities under the Federal Mining Act
Part V
Scope of Application of the Act
§ 130Public Undertakings, Scope of Application
Part VI
Transitional and Final Provisions
§ 131Transitional Provisions
(to § 98 number 4)