ICN Workshop Competition, Growth, & Recovery

The ICN Vice-Chair for Growth and Recovery, Margarida Matos Rosa, organized the “Competition, Growth and Recovery” Workshop on 25 October.

The workshop addressed the role of competition as we face the challenge of economic recovery in times of inflation. Experts discussed how competition principles can assist policy makers in fostering growth and competitiveness, aiding economic recovery, and supporting broader policy objectives.

The agenda is available here.

Link to Workshop Recording

2022 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! October 11 Merger Working Group seminar on data

Now available: The Merger Working Group’s October 11 seminar on Control of Data, Market Power and Potential Competition in Merger Reviews

Enjoy viewing and re-viewing this video via the link below.


2022 ICN Kickoff call on new work -- 6 JULY

Join us for a “Kickoff Call” for the new ICN Year

 

Hear from the ICN Working Groups on New Work Product and How to Get Involved in this Year’s Projects

 Wednesday, July 6, 2022

08:00– 09:00 (Ottawa) / 14:00-15:00 (Bonn)

 

Join us for this kickoff call of the new ICN year.  Co-chairs from each ICN working group – Advocacy, Agency Effectiveness, Cartels, Mergers, and Unilateral Conduct – will present new work product,  work plans for 2022/2023, and opportunities to participate in this year’s projects.

We look forward to speaking with you on Wednesday, July 6.

Link to call

2022 ICN-WBG Competition Advocacy Contest Award Ceremony

Competition Advocacy Contest 2022: Watch the Award Ceremony!

The International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group were pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2022 Competition Advocacy Contest on May 5th during the ICN Annual Conference held in Berlin, Germany.

This contest 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.

For more information about the awards and their stories, click below.

Highlights from the contest and ceremony

2022 ICN Conference Press Release

6 May, Berlin

On May 6, the 21st annual conference of the International Competition Network concluded in Berlin, hosted by the German Bundeskartellamt. Over 350 participants from more than 80 jurisdictions participated in the three day event for competition agencies and ICN non-governmental advisors including competition academics, practitioners, and other international organizations. The ICN is a virtual network of competition agencies dedicated to promoting cooperation and understanding for effective competition law enforcement through experience sharing, policy discussions, and written work product based on agency practices and perspectives. ICN members collaborate year round in working groups on vital topics of relevance to competition agencies.

In 2022, the focus of ICN ongoing work and conference discussions covers vigorous enforcement in digital markets, agency operations during the pandemic and recovery, and fundamentals of effective enforcement in markets across member economies. The conference held panels and breakout discussions on addressing killer acquisitions, regulatory and competition law tools in digital markets, and economic tools to evaluate large volumes of data. More discussions evaluated the standard of proof for competition law cases, anti-cartel enforcement trends, cross-border agency cooperation, the intersection of competition, consumer protection, and data privacy, markets affected by the pandemic, sustainability and competition, gender-inclusive competition policy, leniency, and effective competition remedies.


Conference webpage


Seminar: Role of Digital Experts

Webinar recording: Shaping agency digital transformation: the role of digital experts

In March, the AEWG co-chairs organized a webinar discussion on how agencies are acquiring and integrating digital expertise in order to achieve effective and efficient enforcement in the digital age. The webinar explored:

  • what digital skills and competencies are valuable in digital transformation and how agencies are acquiring them
  • how to bridge analogue and digital expertise
  • the role of non-traditional digital experts (e.g., digital transformation/enforcement officers, data scientists/engineers/analysts, IT forensic experts or other similar roles) in agencies’ digitalisation efforts
  • the digital experts’ perspective (e.g., what a typical work day for a digital expert looks like, innovative tools/approaches they employ in their work, as well as challenges/obstacles they encounter in their role)

Link to the webinar recording below.

Link to Seminar video

Seminar: Use of Screens in Antitrust

Use of Screens in Antitrust

In March, the Agency Effectiveness Working Group organized an economic seminar on “Use of Screens in Antitrust.” The panelists shared their experiences in recent investigations involving screens in detecting anti-competitive behavior, with examples from procurement and retail settings, addressing questions such as:

  • What are examples of recent cases where you have used screens?
  • What types of screens or markers did you use?
  • What are the economic challenges in using those screens?

Relive the seminar in the link below.

Link to Seminar video

Steering Group confirms Margarida Matos Rosa, AdC, as new ICN Vice Chair

ICN Steering Group confirms Margarida Matos Rosa, AdC, as new ICN Vice Chair for Growth and Recovery

On 30 March 2022 the ICN Steering Group confirmed Margarida Matos Rosa as new Vice Chair for Growth and Recovery.

Margarida Matos Rosa has been actively engaged with the ICN since becoming President of the Portuguese Competition Authority (AdC) in 2016. As ICN Vice Chair, she will focus her work on promoting the discussion of competition principles in the context of growth and recovery – a particularly relevant issue in these unprecedented times –,within the ICN and with external stakeholders.

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

The ICN thanks Rod Sims, former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), for his leadership as Vice Chair for Digital Co-ordination and Asia-Pacific Liaison, until his term as Chair of the ACCC came to an end in March 2022.