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According to antitrust law, the Antitrust Authority is responsible for detecting:

a) agreements restricting competition,

b) abuses of dominant position,

c) merger operations involving the creation or strengthening of dominant positions in ways that eliminate or substantially reduce competition on a lasting basis[1].


[1] Section 11(2) of Law no. 57/01, which modifies Section 9 of Law no. 192/98, also empowers the Antitrust Authority to intervene in matters regarding abuses of economic dependence, expressly stating the Authority may issues warnings and impose penalties provided by the Competition Act “against any company or companies found liable for abuse of economic dependence which is relevant to the protection of competition and the free market …".