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Update: EU

September 19th, 2014

Joaquin Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, recently gave a speech titled “Looking back at five years of competition enforcement in the EU.”

Leniency: The Netherlands

September 18th, 2014

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets recently made some changes to its leniency program related to the reduction of fines. Read about the changes here.

Update: South Africa

September 17th, 2014

Many of the presentations and articles from the South African Competition Commission’s recent Eighth Annual Conference on Competition Law, Economics & Policy are available here.

Retail Mergers: Canada

September 16th, 2014

The Canadian Competition Bureau has released a white paper which provides an analysis of the economics tools and techniques the Bureau uses when investigating retail mergers. The paper also discusses the techniques the Bureau uses to define the relevant product and geographic markets and addresses how the Bureau estimates the competitive effects that a particular merger could have on the market and on consumers.

Update: UK

September 15th, 2014

UK CMA Chief Executive, Alex Chisholm recently gave a speech titled “CMA: how we intend to use market investigations to extend the frontiers of competition.”

 

The mission of the ICN Curriculum Project [to be added] is to create a comprehensive curriculum of training materials to serve as a virtual university on competition law and practice for competition agency officials. Training modules, consisting of video lectures and accompanying materials from a diverse group of international academics and practitioners, provide an on-line interactive educational center for competition authorities from around the world.

A total of thirteen full modules and several short form presentations were released at the 2011 through 2014 ICN annual conferences, including competition policy fundamentals, horizontal restraints, dominant firm conduct, mergers, competition advocacy, and investigational techniques.  In addition, the ICN has collected a virtual library of visual presentations prepared by agencies, academics, and others that may be of interest.

We welcome your feedback on the modules, ideas for future modules, and your vote on choice of a new name. Here are our leading contenders:

  • ICN Virtual Training Room
  • ICN Online Academy
  • ICN Virtual University

Choose your favorite name from our list or submit one of your own. We’ll announce the new name in an upcoming blog post.

Health Care: New Zealand

August 28th, 2014

The New Zealand Commerce Commission recently launched a new website aimed at helping the health sector understand more about competition and consumer laws and what they need to do to comply. The new health sector website is health.comcom.govt.nz.

Update: Sweden

August 27th, 2014

In a recent article titled “Interactive Guidance and Other Outreach Efforts by the Swedish Competition Authority,” the Swedish Competition Authority outlines its outreach efforts within procurement and competition law. The article focuses on the interactive guidance for companies wishing to collaborate in procurement.

Animated Advocacy: Singapore

August 18th, 2014

The 2014 Competition Commission of Singapore Animation Contest concluded with the presentation of prizes to the winners at the award ceremony on 9 July. The annual contest is an opportunity for students to explain the Competition Act in a creative way. Read more about the competition and watch the winning entries here!

The Federal Competition Authority of Austria is organising a Competition Conference in Vienna on 11th & 12th December 2014. The focus of this conference is to create a forum for expert discussions on the topic of investigations and related issues, such as best practices in interviews, inspections and their legal boundaries, settlements in cartel cases as well as the need for appropriate institutional design and independence of competition authorities. The conference will be in English. For more information on the Competition Conference please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to conference@bwb.gv.at.