2022 Annual Conference, Berlin

The 2022 ICN Annual Conference will take place in Berlin, 4-6 May

Watch the Video HERE


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.



Replay: 2020-2021 Competition Advocacy Contest Award Ceremony

Watch the 2020-2021 Competition Advocacy Contest Award Ceremony

Winners and honorable mentions were announced during a virtual ceremony on October 7th, 2021, when the chair of the ICN Steering Group and representatives of the ICN Advocacy Working Group, World Bank Group and the selecting panel discussed lessons learned and details of the successful advocacy initiatives with officials from the awarded competition authorities, selected among 31 entries submitted by both government authorities and non-governmental organizations from 19 jurisdictions around the world. To discover the awarded authorities and watch the Ceremony, click here https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2021/04/07/competition-advocacy-contest-2021


The ICN Turns 20!

The ICN celebrates its 20th Anniversary on October 25, 2021! 

20th Anniversary webpage


Replay: ICN's 20th Annual Conference Panels

Recordings now available: Relive the plenary panels from the 2021 ICN Annual Conference!

Link to 2021 ICN Annual Conference

Link to the conference website. Scroll down to "Programs and Recordings." Pick a conference day, and choose a panel.


ICN's 20th Annual Conference

The ICN virtually celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Budapest and announces Berlin as venue for the 21st ICN Annual Conference

The International Competition Network (ICN) held its 20th annual conference from 13 to 15 October. The event hosted by the Hungarian Competition Authority took place in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ICN is the most important network of competition authorities worldwide. It comprises 140 competition agencies from 130 jurisdictions. At the conference, the ICN Steering Group re-elected Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, as Chair for the 2021-2022 term.

“The ICN has provided the basis for 20 years of successful multilateral cooperation. Congratulations to our colleagues in Hungary for organizing the ICN Anniversary Conference!” Andreas Mundt, ICN Chair and President of the Bundeskartellamt. “We are entering the ICN’s third decade and it is time to look ahead: Digitalization will remain a key issue. Sustainability is the second topic which will lead to a major transformation and will require our attention. The third challenge for competition agencies is the interaction with other areas of law. We will have to keep an open mind.”

The conference host presented a panel about sustainability and competition law. The ICN Advocacy Working Group panellists shared views and experiences on how companies, with limited resources and capabilities, could best manage to ensure compliance with competition law. The Agency Effectiveness Working Group discussed the opportunities and challenges for competition agencies in the post-COVID world. The Cartel Working Group addressed issues and challenges in international cooperation in the fight against cross-border cartels. The Merger Working Group discussed merger control in the ICN’s third decade. The Unilateral Conduct Working Group explored how agencies deal with challenges they face when analysing theories of harm and designing remedies in unilateral conduct cases in digital markets.

Three other panels looked at the intersection between competition, consumer protection and privacy, international cooperation, and the implementation of ICN work. A breakout session presented first results of the ICN Third Decade Review, a self-evaluation of the network looking at tools, structure and topics to provide a roadmap for the ICN during its third decade.

A recording of the conference will be available on the ICN conference webpage.

The 21st ICN Annual Conference will take place in Berlin from 4 to 6 May 2022. The ICN 2022 conference video is available here.


Now Playing! 2021 Working Group Update Videos

The 2021 Working Group & projects update videos are out! Enjoy viewing updates on work product and activities from Working Group chairs for the 2020-21 ICN year and previews for next year.

 

Links to 2021 Working Group update videos:

Advocacy Working Group

Agency Effectiveness Working Group

Cartel Working Group

Merger Working Group

Unilateral Conduct Working Group

Intersection of competition, consumer, and data privacy Project


ICN Steering Group confirms Rod Sims, ACCC, as new Vice Chair

ICN Steering Group confirms Rod Sims, ACCC, as new Vice Chair for Digital Co-ordination and Asia-Pacific Liaison

On 15 September 2021 the ICN Steering Group confirmed Rod Sims as new Vice Chair for Digital Co-ordination and Asia-Pacific Liaison.

Rod Sims has been a long-term supporter of the ICN and active participant since becoming Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in 2011. As ICN Vice Chair he will focus on overarching co-ordination of projects and discussions on competition in the digital economy within the ICN and additionally will support agencies in the Asia-Pacific region facing the challenges of the time zone in their engagement with the ICN.

Rod Sims will work together with the ICN’s other Vice Chair, Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner of the South African Competition Commission.

The ICN thanks Alejandra Palacios, former President of COFECE Mexico, for her leadership as Vice Chair until her term as head of COFECE came to an end in September 2021.


2021 & 2022 Annual Conference Dates

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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.


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.