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.


Intersection of Competition, Consumer Protection, & Privacy - September 7

THIRD ICN WEBINAR ON
COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMPETITION, CONSUMER PROTECTION, AND PRIVACY

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 8:00 am EDT/ 2:00 pm CEST

 Please join us for this ICN Webinar on the ICN Steering Group’s project on competition law enforcement at the intersection of competition, consumer protection, and privacy, and more specifically, on its issues identification paper.

The webinar – which will take place on Tuesday, September 7 at 8:00am EDT/ 2:00pm CEST – is the third of four series for ICN members and Non-Governmental Advisors to hear from academia, privacy forum, private practitioners. The relationship between competition and consumer laws and policies has been topical for a decade or more and, if anything, has become more complex. The webinar will explore how the competition/consumer/privacy intersection should be navigated through an examination of the varied ways in which the different regimes may in practice interact with one another.


Moderator:
John Fingleton, Fingleton
Speakers:
Andrea Minuto Rizzo, Italian Competition Authority (AGCM)
Morag Bond, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Eliana Garces, Facebook
Emily Hart, Motion Mobs

 

For more information about the call, please email the co-chairs of the intersection project.


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.



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.


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

Compliance in Cartel Cases - April 7


The Cartel Working Group

Presents a Webinar on:
Compliance in Cartel Cases
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
8 am New York/ 2pm Brussels

 

An earlier CWG webinar on ‘Compliance in Cartel Cases’ received great interest from the member agencies and NGAs. Therefore, the ICN Cartel Working Group aims to discuss this topic more in detail in this webinar.

Moderator:

Mr. Diogo Thomson, Deputy Superintendent, Brazilian Competition Authority (CADE), Brazil

 Panelists:

Ms. Alessandra Tonazzi, Director of the EU & International Affairs, Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), Italy

Mr. Joseph Walser, Deputy Director, Criminal Enforcement Division Irish Competition Authority, Ireland

Ms. Paula Yanguas, Senior case handler, Spanish Competition Authority, Spain

Mr. Hideyuki Shimozu, Senior Investigator for International Cartel, Japanese Competition Authority (JFTC), Japan

Mr. Eyitayo St. Matthew Daniel, Assistant Chief, New York Field Office, DOJ Antitrust Division, USA

Ms. Charlotte Ho, Head (Investigations I), Competition Commission Hong Kong (HKCC), Hong Kong

Mr. Subrata Bhattacharjee, Partner, BLG, Canada

Ms. Christina Hummer, Attorney at Law / Partner, SCWP Schindhelm, Austria

 

 

For more information about the call, please email the CWG organizers at: international@rekabet.gov.tr


AWG Webinar on Effective Competition Advocacy Initiatives - March 29


ICN AWG Webinar on “Effective competition advocacy initiatives: re-thinking the ICN Advocacy Toolkit”

Monday, March 29th, 2021
7:00-8:00 a.m. (Colombia time)
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (Washington time)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Norway time)
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Hong Kong time)
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. (Melbourne time)

Join here: https://bit.ly/3tREgsx

Documentation: ICN Advocacy Toolkit Part I

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The ICN Advocacy Working Group is currently reviewing the components/steps for effective advocacy projects displayed in the ICN Advocacy Toolkit. The purpose of this multi-year project is to ensure these components are relevant and useful for competition agencies’ current operating environment, and also, to refresh the case studies in the Toolkit with recent and diverse experiences from ICN members.
This webinar will help us explore (i) how operating environments have evolved since the toolkit was launched; (ii) what are the most relevant competition policy challenges of our time; (iii) what are the most exemplar advocacy approaches to these challenges; and, finally, (iv) what is next to come for competition authorities.

Moderator:
Mr. Juan Pablo Herrera Saavedra
Deputy Superintendent for Competition Protection, Superintendencia de Industria y
Comercio

Speakers:
Ms. Martha Martínez Licetti
Competition Policy Team Leader for the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at World Bank Group
Dr. Diana L. Moss
President of the American Antitrust Institute
Ms. Cristiana Vitale
Senior Economist and Competition Policy Expert, Economics Department at OECD
Dr. Wendy Ng
Director of the Competition Law and Economics Network and Associate Director (China) of the Asian Law Centre
Ms. Teresa Moreira
Head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch at UNCTAD