ICN Town Hall for Younger Agencies - June 22

Join us for a
ICN Town Hall
Younger Agencies in the Third Decade of the ICN
(For competition agencies only)
Tuesday June 22, 2021 08:00 EDT (Washington D.C.) / 14:00 CEST (Bonn)

 

Moderator: Alejandra Palacios, ICN Vice-Chair for Younger Agencies and Regional Diversity and Chairwoman of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE)

Opening Panel: Gabriel Vásquez, Superintendence for the Control of Market Power, Ecuador • Alessandra Tonazzi, Italian Competition Authority, Italy • Ninette Mwarania, Competition Authority of Kenya, Kenya

Join us for a Town Hall discussion on the role of younger agencies in light of ICN’s third decade of existence. This session will focus on three topics: implementation of ICN work products, leadership and overall benefits of active ICN participation.

 

For more information about the call, please email the organizers at: ejaimes@cofece.mx


2021 & 2022 Annual Conference Dates

Save the Dates!

The ICN’s 2021 Annual Conference will be a virtual event, to take place online from 13-15 October 2021. Our hosts, the Hungarian GvH, together with the ICN Working Group Co-chairs are organizing a compelling conference week of plenary panels and breakout discussions. Stay tuned for the agenda and further details about participation.

The ICN is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Conference will take place in Berlin, 4-6 May 2022, hosted by the German Bundeskartellamt.


2021 ICN Virtual Itinerary


The ICN’s Virtual Itinerary keeps you up-to-date with the schedule of upcoming ICN events, including seminars, workshops, and the annual conference. This list is updated monthly, and other additions and changes are made when available, so check back often for confirmation.



Assessing Crisis Cartels at times of Covid 19 -- CWG webinar materials


Webinar Materials: Assessing Crisis Cartels at times of Covid 19

In May 2021, the Cartel Working Group organized a webinar on crisis cartels and the COVID-19 pandemic. The materials from the call are available.


Compliance in Cartels -- CWG webinar materials


Webinar Materials: Compliance in Cartel Cases

In April 2021, the Cartel Working Group organized a webinar on compliance and cartels. The materials from the call are available.


2021 ICN-WBG Competition Advocacy Contest

The 2021 ICN-WBG Competition Advocacy Contest is now open!

8 April 2021. The International Competition Network and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Competition Advocacy Contest. The Contest, now at its seventh joint edition, aims to highlight the key role competition agencies, sector regulators and other governmental bodies or non-governmental organizations play in promoting competition by showcasing their advocacy success stories

The topic of this year’s Contest is “Building Forward Better: how competition advocacy can support countries with Covid19 crisis response, relief, and resilient recovery”. We are looking for success stories that demonstrate the tangible results of competition advocacy regarding:

Theme 1. Promoting an inclusive, sustainable, and green recovery while preserving contestability.
Theme 2. Leveraging the competitive impact of the digital economy for a faster and inclusive recovery.
Theme 3. Responding to the increased role of the State in markets and the government relief measures.
Theme 4. Revisiting antitrust rules and implementing initiatives in response to the Covid19 crisis.

The deadline for submissions is May 7th, 2021.

For more information and details on how to apply, please click here

AEWG Webinar recording: Economist Perspectives on Market Studies


Webinar Materials: Market Studies, Economist Perspectives

In March 2021, the Agency Effectiveness Working Group organized a webinar on economist perspectives about market studies. The recording (with materials) of the call is available.


Hub and Spoke Cartels -- CWG webinar materials


Webinar Materials: Hub-and-Spoke Cartel Cases

In March 2021, the Cartel Working Group organized a webinar on hub and spoke cartels. The materials from the call are available.


ICN Virtual Spotlight - February 2

ICN Virtual Spotlight

Leading your Agency through Change

Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive Competition and Markets Authority

Andreas Mundt, President Bundeskartellamt and ICN Chair

45 minutes, 1:1

Brexit, digitalization, the new law in Germany are just examples. A changing environment challenges competition agencies around the world. Listen to Andrea Coscelli and Andreas Mundt when they discussed how to lead an agency through change. #ICN Spotlight

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Link to recorded event


OECD/ICN Report on International Cooperation in Competition Enforcement

Link to the OECD/ICN Report on International Co-operation in Competition Enforcement

OECD/ICN Report on International Co-operation in Competition Enforcement

21 January 2021 – The ICN and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published their first Joint Report on International Enforcement Co-operation (Report).

Improving effective enforcement co-operation between competition authorities has been a priority for the ICN and OECD for many years. Both organisations have engaged in initiatives to build international competition enforcement co-operation and developed a substantial body of resources and policy guidance designed to improve both formal and informal enforcement co-operation.

Key findings of the Report

The Report outlines key aspects of the current state of international enforcement co-operation between competition authorities. The key findings regarding the past and current status of international enforcement co-operation are:

  • There has been an overall increase in international enforcement co‑operation across all enforcement areas;
  • Authorities use various legal bases for enforcement co-operation, although there are some long-standing legal barriers to effective international enforcement co‑operation;
  • Authorities derive significant benefits from international enforcement co-operation, regardless of their respective size and level of maturity;
  • Enforcement co-operation within regions (including through specific regional arrangements) is one of the most significant and successful types of co-operation for authorities, including for those outside highly developed and mature regional enforcement co-operation arrangements; and
  • Key challenges and limitations to effective enforcement co-operation remain (e.g. legal limitations, resourcing, co-ordination/timing, trust/reciprocity and other practical issues such as language and time differences) and while some are an inherent and ongoing part of engaging in international enforcement co-operation (such as managing limited resources).

The findings are enriched by case studies of successful cooperation, examples of cooperation agreements and provisions, ICN and OECD resources and tools for cooperation, as well as an overview of several regional cooperation networks.

The Report follows a first survey on international enforcement co-operation by the ICN and OECD in 2012, which resulted in two separate reports, one from the ICN and one from the OECD.

Proposed future areas of focus and development

The Report also proposes future areas of focus and development for consideration by competition authorities, the ICN, the OECD and other interested parties to address the challenges identified. These include:

  • Developing further enforcement co-operation work-products and networks;
  • Improving transparency and trust;
  • Providing policy and practical support for further developing effective regional enforcement co-operation; and
  • Removing substantive and legal barriers to co-operation.

Your feedback and suggestions

Following the approval of the Report, the ICN Steering Group has created a special project group to consider and co-ordinate issues relating to international enforcement co-operation with ICN working groups. This special project group includes the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Hungarian Competition Authority, the Italian Competition Authority, the Portuguese Competition Authority and the US Federal Trade Commission.

If you have questions, comments or would like to engage in the ICN’s work on international co-operation and competition, please contact: alessandra.tonazzi@agcm.it, icn.oecd.liaison@concorrencia.pt.