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  Read about competition assessment of regulations in Japan in a speech titled “Controlling Anticompetitive Action by the State: The Role of Competition Advocacy/ Competition Assessment – Japan’s Experience” and an accompanying presentation.

Merger Assessment – UK

March 28th, 2011

  The UK Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading have jointly published ‘A Quick Guide to UK Merger Assessment’ to help businesses understand what to expect from the UK competition authorities when they investigate a merger.

  In recognition of the March 29 ICN Roundtable on Enforcement Cooperation, ICNBlog encourages you to revisit existing ICN work on cooperation: — Cartel Working Group report: Cooperation Between Competition Agencies in Cartel Investigations — Merger Working Group report: Waivers of Confidentiality in Merger Investigations — Merger Working Group RP: Recommended Practices for Merger Notification […]

  The Spanish CNC has recently published a Guide on public procurement and competition in English – a practical-minded guide filled with examples and useful tips, described in a press release here.  

  The CNC recently launched a newsletter, which can be found here. You may register to subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

  UPDATE: Italy As mentioned in ICNBlog in January, in 2009-2010, the Italian Competition Authority, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, developed an education initiative for schools aimed at fostering a culture of competition and consumer protection. Now, a second edition of the “I Won’t Bite” project is underway for 2011.

EU – Mergers

March 17th, 2011

  Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, recently spoke on “Merger Regulation in the EU after 20 years.”

Finland: District Heating

March 17th, 2011

  The Finnish Competition Authority (FCA) has finished the first stage of its investigations concerning the district heating sector. The aim was to form an opinion of whether the pricing of the companies involved should be examined in more detail as a potential abuse of dominant position. The investigations which spanned the years 2004–2008 involved […]

  Korea The website for the Korea Fair Trade Commission includes an interactive section with games and videos for kids to learn more about competition and the KFTC.

Annual Report – Norway

March 15th, 2011

  The Norwegian Competition Authority has posted its 2010 Annual Report online, headlined by results in detecting cartels and including a section on the importance of international cooperation.