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  The 9th ICN Annual Conference will be held from 27 to 29 of April 2010 as announced earlier. Today, the ICN Steering Group held a meeting and discussed the impact of current volcanic ash problem on international flights and decided that THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD on the agreed dates.

On a Mission

April 21st, 2010

The Agency Effectiveness Working Group (AEWG) has prepared a handbook chapter on agency strategic planning and prioritization, addressing the objectives of strategic plans, the prerequisites of and constraints related to effective strategic planning, internal processes and external consultations, communication on strategic planning, and the use of prioritization criteria and the process of prioritization. The chapter […]

FAS: Publicizing ICN

April 20th, 2010

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has a unique way of publicizing its involvement in the ICN – press releases. Here are a few recent examples of how FAS has gotten the word out about its ICN involvement: ICN cartel call series on criminalization ICN Steering Group meeting ICN annual conference ICN advocacy teleseminar

  All you ever wanted to know about the ICN, and perhaps more, is available here. This presentation provides an introduction to the ICN. The first 25 slides present a general overview of the ICN and all of its working groups, followed in slides 27-86  with detailed information about each of the current working groups. If you’re […]

Web Wednesday #4: Advocacy

April 14th, 2010

As one of its first projects, the ICN recognized the importance of competition advocacy “in fostering competitive markets and promoting social welfare” in its 2002 Advocacy and Competition Policy report. In 2009, the ICN revisited members’ competition advocacy efforts in this report. Today’s links illustrate how some agencies present and publicize their competition advocacy work. […]

  Today, TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 at 8:00-9:30 Washington DC time, 14:00-15:30 Brussels time, the ICN Merger Working Group will host a teleseminar and webinar, TOOLS FOR CHANGE. Participants will present brief case studies on the role the ICN and its resources have played in helping member agencies and their governments enact changes to their […]

ICN Templates

April 13th, 2010

  To help promote access to information about ICN members’ procedures, the ICN has two existing “Template” projects – one for merger enforcement and one for anti-cartel enforcement. Each collection of templates from participating member jurisdictions is a unique resource of practical information about competition rules and agency procedures from around the world. To find […]

  Ireland recently hosted a panel discussion analyzing the present and future role of the ECN in terms of competition regulation. Particular focus was paid to the current level of interaction between the national competition authorities (NCAs) and the Commission, as well as the policy debates such as Private Damages and Article 82 Guidance, and […]

  ICNBlog welcomes one of the newest jurisdictions to enact a competition law – Seychelles. On April 5, the Fair Competition Act came into effect in Seychelles, to be enforced by the Fair Trading Commission. For more information on the new law and agency, click here, here, here, and here.

Today’s Web Wednesday returns the favor and recognizes member agencies that highlight their involvement in the ICN. To varying degrees, member agencies describe their international work, their participation in the ICN and the work of the ICN more generally, post contributions or their ICN templates, or just provide a link to find the ICN. The […]