Home » News » Detail

AFCA reorganises its structure and sets up two new units to combat unfair trading practices

The Unit dedicated to the Act Against Unfair Competition (UWG) and the Unit dedicated to the Fair Competitive Conditions Act (FWBG) were formed at the beginning of 2024. Sigrid Tresnak is at the helm of the UWG Unit, and Georg Seper heads the new FWBG Unit.

Sigrid Tresnak and Georg Seper have worked in senior positions at the AFCA in these fields for many years. The AFCA Director General officially presented them with their decrees of appointment on 3 April 2024.

With these two new units, we are making a clear statement; the AFCA will enforce fair and honest competition in a targeted and efficient manner. Georg Seper and Sigrid Tresnak have been acknowledged experts in these areas for many years. This expertise is vital as we push ahead with these two areas of competition monitoring and establish them in the long term,” explains Director General Natalie Harsdorf-Borsch.

Unit Unfair Competitioin Act

Sigrid Tresnak has been with the AFCA as a case handler since 2002. Previously, she was responsible for the enforcement of industrial plant law at the trade section of the then Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. As well as working in the AFCA’s core legal areas, she was in charge of consumer protection cooperation, the enforcement of consumer protection rules in cross-border cases, and executing the AFCA’s powers in relation to unfair trading practices between 2009 and 2019.

In November 2022, Sigrid Tresnak was appointed Specialist Coordinator for all matters relating to the Unfair Competition Act (UWG). She took over at the helm of the UWG Unit in April 2024.

Further information about the tasks related to the UWG can be found here.


Unit Fair Competitive Conditions Act

Georg Seper has been with the AFCA as a case handler since 2016. He is primarily responsible for the agricultural and food sector, including unfair trading practices and – in his capacity as case handler in the Legal Service Department – the leniency programme. Previously, he worked in the Central Management of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in the areas of multilateral trading policy, and competition policy and law, and was also deputy head of a general economic department from 2002 onwards.

The Fair Competetive Conditions Act (FWBG) regulates the practices of companies in commercial transactions that could potentially impede efficient competition. In addition to the concepts of local supply and the duty to supply, the Unit will focus on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain resulting from an economic imbalance between suppliers and buyers.

Further information about the tasks related to the FWBG can be found here.