INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION NETWORK

Since 2002, the FAS Russia is an active International Competition Network (ICN) member member – the unique international organization joining competition agencies of developed and developing countries with the common aim of addressing practical antitrust enforcement and policy issues.

Currently ICN unites 126 Competition Authorities from 111 countries including US, EU, Eastern Europe, CIS, Latin America, Asia. ICN exercises cooperation with different international organizations including OECD, WTO, UNCTAD and different bar associations.

In 2006, the FAS Russia was elected as a member of ICN Steering Group – the governing body of the network and since 2009, the Russian Competition Authority became it permanent member.

Structure of ICN:

ICN Steering Group

 (The Steering Group consists of fifteen elected members and three ex officio members. The ex officio members represent ICN members designated to host an annual conference. Elected Steering Group members serve renewable two-year terms. Steering Group members are confirmed by consensus of ICN Members in odd-numbered years at the annual conference)

ICN Operational Framework Working Group

 (The ICN Operational Framework Working Group was established following the First ICN Annual Conference in Naples on an interim basis, to consider outstanding issues, such as the constitution of the Steering Group and the funding needs of the Network).

Current Working Groups

Advocacy

 (Competition advocacy – competition agencies’ activities that address existing and proposed disproportionate public restrictions on competition and build public support for competition and markets – is an important part of our work. Recognizing its importance, one of the ICN’s first initiatives was the establishment of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG).

Agency Effectiveness

 (Effectiveness of the competition agencies is the primary focus of the Agency Effectiveness Working Group, which was previously named as Competition Policy Implementation Working Group. It aims to focus on various aspects contributing to efficient and effective enforcement of competition rules such as institutional and operational characteristics of competition agencies and to enable exchange of experience among the ICN members).

Cartel

 (The mandate of the Cartel Working Group is to address the challenges of anti-cartel enforcement, including the prevention, detection, investigation and punishment of cartel conduct, both domestically and internationally, across the entire range of ICN members with differing levels of experience and resources. At the heart of antitrust enforcement is the battle against hardcore cartels directed at price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation and output restriction).

  • Anticartel Enforcement Template
  • Anticartel Enforcement Manual: Relationships between Competition Agencies and Public Procurement Bodies
  • ICN Cartel Workshop

Merger

 (The Merger Working Group was established in 2001, as one of ICN's first initiatives. The Working Group promotes the adoption of best practices in the design and operation of merger review regimes to enhance the effectiveness of each jurisdiction's merger review mechanisms. The Working Group has developed recommended practices and practical guidance for the design and operation of merger review systems across issues of merger notification, investigation and analysis).

Unilateral Conduct

 (The ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group was established in May 2006, at the fifth Annual ICN Conference in Cape Town. Its primary objectives are to examine the challenges involved in addressing anticompetitive unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with market power, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws governing unilateral conduct).

 

Every year ICN organizes International Competition Conferences. In 2007, Russia hosted the 6th annual ICN Competition Conference.

ICN Conferences

 

  • ICN Annual Conferences

 

Anti-Cartel Enforcement Manual 2015
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Anticartel Enforcement Template 2015
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