Aims of the Austrian Competition Authority

Safeguard competition

BWB aims to ensure and maintain competition in Austria with the means at its disposal, such as merger control, detection and prosecution of cartel agreements and the abuse of market power or general market research and sector inquiries.

Build awareness

BWB aims to promote public awareness concerning cartel and antitrust practices by means of publicity, transparency and external communication in order to deter antitrust offences in advance and to facilitate their detection.

National and international cooperation

BWB aims to improve cooperation with domestic and foreign public authorities and other stakeholders to increase efficiency and facilitate antitrust and cartel regulation operations.


BWB aims to obtain and enhance appropriate and sufficient human resources and the infrastructure necessary for the effective and efficient maintenance of competition. Knowledge management, quality management and human resources management, as well as professional education and training, play a significant role.