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.


Cartel Seminar


The ICN Cartel Working Group Presents a Webinar on
‘Leniency perspectives from the private bar’
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
8.00 (EST) / 13.00 (GMT) / 14.00 (CET)

 

The webinar intends to provide a new angle to the previous work on leniency by giving an insight from NGA perspectives into the factors that are taken into consideration when deciding to submit a leniency/immunity application; why a client might decide against it and also what factors go into the decision to grant or not grant waivers to jurisdictions to exchange information with one another.

Moderator:
Mr Zoltán MAROSI
Attorney at Law / Partner, Oppenheim Law Firm, Hungary

Speakers:
Mr Mateo DIEGO-FERNÁNDEZ
Partner AGON, Mexico

Mr Raimundo ORTEGA
Partner, Antitrust & Competition Law, Energy,  Jones Day, Spain

Mr Manuel CONTRERAS
Senior Associate specialized in competition law Herbert Smith Freehills, Spain

Mr Christof SWAAK
Head of the competition and regulation practice of Stibbe in New York and Amsterdam, EU

Mr Eric MEIRING
Partner, Antitrust, Winston & Strawn LLP, US

Interested agencies and NGAs can contact the CWG SG1 Co-chairs and ask for the dial-in details. 

ICN's leniency related work


2019-2020 ICN/WBG Competition Advocacy Contest

The 2019-2020 ICN-WBG Competition Advocacy Contest

Competition as a tool to reap the benefits and mitigate the costs of the new economy: Jobs, industry and data

For more information on the contest, visit the World Bank Group’s contest webpage.

 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Winners!

Theme 1: Unleashing competition for more and better jobs

Awarded authorities:

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (Winner)

U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (Winner)

Theme 2 – Aligning industrial policies with competition principles

Awarded authorities:

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia (Winner)

Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC), Colombia (HM)

Federal Antimonopoly Services (FAS), Russia (HM)

Theme 3 – Promoting pro-competition data regulation

Awarded authorities:

Portuguese Competition Authority (Adc) (Winner)

Theme 4 – Boosting policy effectiveness through better coordination between enforcement and advocacy

Awarded authorities:

Hong Kong Competition Commission (Winner)

Competition Commission, Mauritius (HM)

Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE), Mexico (HM)

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Zambia (HM)


ICN 2020 Fall Seminar Series

The ICN’s 19th annual conference was held 14-17 September. Materials are online on the conference webpages.

Missing ICN content already? No need! The ICN is announcing a 2020 Fall Seminar Series. Stay tuned for these ICN Events every Tuesday into November!

The link to attend the first session on 22 September on the 2019-2020 ICN-World Bank Competition Advocacy Contest is available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5WKbz7TiI

Links and participation information for future sessions will be made available by working groups.

ICN FALL WEBINAR SERIES

Date Time

Session

Tuesday,

22 September

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Advocacy Working Group:  ICN World Bank Competition Advocacy Contest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5WKbz7TiI

Tuesday,

29 September

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Merger Working Group:  Procedural Infringements
Tuesday,

6 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Cartel Working Group:  Horizontal Agreements on Sustainability in a World on Fire
Tuesday,

13 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT Agency Effectiveness Working Group: 

Enforcement Priorities in Action: Agency Effectiveness Perspective

Tuesday,

20 October

8:00 EDT / 14:00 CEDT ICN Framework for Competition Agency Procedures:  Participant Perspectives
Tuesday,

27 October

9:00 EDT / 14:00 CEST Unilateral Conduct Working Group:

Dominance/Substantial Market Power in Digital Markets Report

Tuesday,

3 November

8:00 EST / 14:00 CEST Merger Working Group:  Sound Decision Making
Tuesday,

10 November

8:00 EST / 14:00 CEST ICN Training on Demand Showcase


News Release: ICN 2020 Annual Conference

Quality, Spirit and Professionalism

International Competition Network discusses digital economy and announces full self-evaluation of ICN

The International Competition Network (ICN) held its 19th annual conference on September 14-17, 2020. The conference was the ICN’s first virtual conference. Originally planned as an in-person conference in Los Angeles in May, the conference transitioned to a virtual format as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ICN is the most important network of competition authorities worldwide. It comprises 140 competition agencies from 129 jurisdictions. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, has been the ICN Steering Group Chair since September 2013.

Andreas Mundt, ICN Chair and President of the Bundeskartellamt: “Over 2500 delegates from around the world participated in the conference. I want to thank our host agencies FTC and DOJ, the ICN working group co-chairs and everyone involved.”

Andreas Mundt opened the conference and spoke on a panel on remedies in unilateral conduct cases involving digital markets. Other sessions dealt with competition enforcement in the digital economy, big data and cartelization, competition advocacy in the digital age, merger investigations in the digital sector, and competition agencies’ strategies to address the challenges of the digital economy. Additional sessions dedicated to younger agencies, ICN Non-Governmental Advisors and economists took place on conference day four.

The ICN also announced plans for a full self-evaluation of the network, the “Third Decade Review”. Andreas Mundt: “ICN will turn 20 next year and we will look at tools, structure and topics to shape the ICN for its third decade. The ICN is well equipped to keep on improving and developing, maybe the most important skill these days. Quality, spirit and professionalism will enable the ICN to tackle the issues that matter for its members.”

A recording of the conference will be available on the ICN conference webpage after the close of the conference. Supplemental annual conference programming will be held throughout the fall.

ICN work products, the ICN working group work plans and additional information on future events are available on the ICN website.