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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.