The Autorité wishes to develop, as part of a preventive approach, the knowledge of competition law held by all companies, in order for them to avoid breaching the law and for them to be able to use the tools of competition law to fight cartels or abuses that they might be the victims of. However, the challenge for SMEs is even bigger. It is more difficult for them to implement compliance policies and to understand how to play by the rules. The application of competition laws to SMEs can have a considerable impact on their development and a fortiori on the economy. Within a pedagogical approach, the Autorité has launched an online space, solely dedicated to SMEs with a tripartite goal:
– Explain competition rules in order to increase awareness of SMEs thus preventing breaches of the law, by negligence or ignorance of the rules of play;
– Help SMEs to act when they have crossed a red line;
– Guide SMEs when they are victims of anticompetitive practices."