CB in brief

The Competition Bureau's month in review

May 2017
(Vol. 9, No. 5)


International Competition Network’s 2017 Conference a great success!

On May 10‑12, representatives from competition authorities around the world, together with non‑governmental advisors from the legal and academic communities, gathered at the 16th Annual Conference of the International Competition Network (ICN), hosted by the Portuguese Competition Authority.

The annual conference was filled with in‑depth discussions to advance the global application of sound competition policies. Commissioner of Competition John Pecman moderated a Mergers Working Group panel on non‑price effects in merger reviews. Given the importance of this topic and a shared interest in advancing common approaches, Commissioner Pecman recommended that it be the focus of a future ICN Working Group project.

The Bureau’s delegation also took the opportunity to engage with competition authorities from around the world on developments in competition law and policy, including formal meetings with counterparts from Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S. During the Bureau’s meeting with the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the two agencies signed a stronger Cooperation Arrangement to promote further collaboration, coordination and communication of information in relation to their enforcement activities. Prior to the conference, the Bureau participated in the Competition Policy Toward Online Markets roundtable organised May 9th by the Jevons Institute and Competition Policy International.

The ICN is a group of national and multinational competition authorities devoted to improving collaboration on competition law enforcement. The Competition Bureau takes a leadership role in the ICN, including as a member of the ICN Steering Group, as co‑chair of the ICN’s Agency Effectiveness Working Group, and as the ICN Secretariat.

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