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The German Bundeskartellamt has recently published its detailed report on the sector inquiry into buyer power in the food retail sector. The inquiry focuses on the conditions of competition between the food retail companies on the one hand and their suppliers on the other. A summary of the final report is available in English.

Merger Workshop

October 17th, 2014

The MWG co-chairs would like to remind you that the Competition Commission of India will host the 10th ICN Merger Workshop on “International Cooperation and Remedies in Merger Review”, in New Delhi, India from Monday December 1st until Tuesday December 2nd 2014 at the Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.

On the website http://icnmwgdelhi2014.in/, you will find all relevant information about the Workshop, including travelling and accommodation details. Kindly note that the online registration facility is available until Friday, October 31st, 2014. For any administrative queries you would have concerning the Workshop, including invitation letters to obtain a visa to enter India, please email us at international@cci.gov.in.

ICN Advocacy Workshop

October 2nd, 2014

The Competition Commission of Mauritius will host the third ICN Advocacy Workshop on “Advocacy: Foundation, Strategies and Assessment”, in Mauritius on the 6th and 7th November 2014 at the InterContinental, Balaclava.

On the website http://icnadvocacy2014.ccm.mu/English/Pages/default.aspx, you will find relevant information about the Workshop, including travelling and accommodation details and the Workshop Programme. Online registration will be available until 10 October 2014. NGAs should be accredited by their reference competition agency in advance of the registration. 

For any administrative queries you would have concerning the Workshop, please email reg.icnadvocacy2014@ccm.mu or the Advocacy Working Group co-chairs.

Price Maintenance: Canada

September 22nd, 2014

The Canadian Competition Bureau has released its final Enforcement Guidelines entitled Price Maintenance (Section 76 of the Competition Act). The guidelines describe the Bureau’s general approach to enforcing section 76 of the Competition Act, including with respect to common business practices, such as minimum resale pricing, manufacturer-suggested resale pricing and minimum advertised pricing. They replace previous guidelines and bulletins dealing with price maintenance.

Update: Australia

September 21st, 2014

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims recently spoke on the value of strong competition policy as a driver for economic efficiency and performance.

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.”