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Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is now hosting the Second International Competition Law Forum in Warsaw today and tomorrow.  During the opening address, both Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia and ICN Chair Eduardo Perez Motta highlighted the importance of increasing the visibility of, and focus on, competition policy. The speeches […]

The Canadian Minister of Industry announced earlier today that John Pecman has been named as the interim Commissioner of Competition for up to a one-year term. Mr. Pecman, a long-time Bureau investigator and senior manager, and previously the Senior Deputy Commissioner in charge of criminal matters, replaces Melanie Aitken who departed last Friday after seven years […]

ICN Merger Workshop: November 2012

September 25th, 2012

Find out more about the upcoming ICN Merger Workshop hosted by the Colombian Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (SIC) in Bogota on November 8 & 9. The agenda and member registration form are available. Interested NGAs should contact their home jurisdiction member agency or the Merger Working Group co-chairs.

Cartels: Australia

September 18th, 2012

The ACCC recently released “The Marker”, a short film that shows the devastating effects involvement in a cartel can have on individuals and businesses. View the film, along with the ACCC’s other anti-cartel materials, here. From the ACCC website: “In this 16 minute film follow the journey of new employee Martin Tully who finds himself […]

ICN Chair on Convergence

September 18th, 2012

  At the International Bar Association’s 16th Annual Competition Conference last week, ICN’s new Steering Group chair, Eduardo Pérez Motta, gave a talk on the ICN’s role in promoting convergence. The text of his speech “International Best Practice: ICN’s Role in Creating and Diffusing Norms” is available here.

Update: United Kingdom

September 17th, 2012

The Office of Fair Trading has published a report – titled Can ‘Fair’ Prices Be Unfair? – which explores the competition implications arising from price relationship agreements such as ‘price match’ or ‘lowest price’ guarantees.

Penalties: UK

September 14th, 2012

The UK OFT has published new guidance on how it will set penalties for breaches of competition law. The OFT carried out a wide-ranging public consultation for the new guidance, involving lawyers, businesses and other interested parties, and drawing on international experience. The new guidance sees the maximum starting point for penalty calculations increase to […]