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The materials from the splendid 2015 ICN Unilateral Conduct Workshop in Istanbul are available here. Thank you to the hosts at the Turkish Competition Authority!

You can reach all the materials through http://icn2015ucw.rekabet.gov.tr/index.php/materials

Disruptive Competition

November 15th, 2015

Views on disruptive competition in antitrust analysis from the US FTC’s Competition Matters Blog.

The presentations made during the IV Lisbon Conference on Competition

Law and Economics are now available here.

The Winners of the 2014 Competition Advocacy Contest, jointly organised by ICN and the World Bank Grou,p will share some key-element of their successful advocacy stories and encourage a discussion on the best use of advocacy tools.

The Teleseminar will be moderated by Ms Mariana Tavares de Araujo, Brazilian NGA and former Head of the government agency in charge of antitrust enforcement and consumer protection policy. Mariana was a member of the Evaluation Panel of the 2014 Contest.

We welcome your participation!

When: Thursday 19 November, 2 pm (Rome and Stockholm time), 7 am (Mexico City time)
Dial-in info: To be circulated later

The International Competition Network and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Competition Advocacy Contest, which follows the successful experience of the first joint edition in 2014.

The general topic of the Contest is “How to Build a Culture of Competition for Private Sector Development and Economic Growth”.

We are looking for successful advocacy stories that fall under one of the following four categories:

1) “Competition Advocacy in fast growing and innovative markets”

2) “Advocating competition in key domestic markets to maximize the benefits of trade”

3) “Embedding competition principles in public and industrial policies through advocacy”

4) “Catalyzing competition reforms through citizen and civil society engagement”

The deadline for submissions is 14 December 2015. For more information and to apply please click here.

ICN is 14!

October 25th, 2015

The International Competition Network was founded on October 25, 2001. From an initial 15 members, the ICN has grown to include over 130 competition agency members!

Happy 14th anniversary to the ICN!

Update: Poland

October 15th, 2015

As of September, the Polish UOKiK will begin publishing information on court rulings applying to its decisions as part of its transparency agenda.


October 13th, 2015

The Canadian Competition Bureau publishes an online “month in review.”

Update: Spain

September 7th, 2015

The Spanish Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) has released a report on the wholesale market for road fuels in Spain. The report proposes the adoption of regulatory measures to improve effective competition in the sector and enhance consumer welfare in Spain. The report analyses the main factors limiting effective competition in the automotive road fuel market in Spain. In particular, the report focuses on the wholesale market, which has not been object of a recent in-depth analysis from a competition perspective, and where the lack of dynamism could limit both competition between retail operators downstream and the effect of any regulatory measure introduced at the retail level.

The analysis has revealed the persistence of numerous barriers to entry and expansion in the wholesale market, which limits the effective competition on the market and results in high prices for consumers. These barriers mainly derived from the high concentration of the market and the vertical integration of the three operators with refining capacity in Spain. The analysis also suggests that imports do not generate a significant competitive constraint on the market. To remedy this situation, the CNMC makes a series of recommendations whose objective is to offset the significant market power held by the operators with refining capacity in Spain and to achieve a greater degree of effective competition in the market.

Please, find the link to the English version of the report here.

Update: Italy

September 5th, 2015

Italy’s AGCM Annual Report to Parliament: “increased competition to emerge from the crisis and resume growth.”