International Competition Network (ICN) was set up with a view to create more effective
enforcement of antitrust law in the context of economic globalization. The ICN serves to
share experiences and exchange views on competition issues deriving from an ever-
increasing globalisation of the world economy, as well as to encourage the dissemination of
antitrust experience and best practices, promote the advocacy role of antitrust agencies and
seek to facilitate international cooperation. Its members represent national and multinational
The ICN provides competition authorities with a specialized yet informal venue for
maintaining regular contacts and addressing practical competition concerns. This allows for a
dynamic dialogue that serves to build consensus and convergence towards sound competition
policy principles across the global antitrust community.
ICN work takes place in project-oriented working groups, with members and
nongovernmental advisors (NGAs) conducting discussions, typically via teleconference or e-
mail, and by holding interactive workshops. Current ICN Working Groups are:
1. Cartel Working Group
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
The Cartel Working Group is co-chaired by Brazil's CADE, South African Competition
Commission, and Directorate General for Competition, European Commission.
The Cartel Working Group consists of two subgroups: Subgroup 1 co-chaired by Turkish
Competition Authority and Hungarian Competition Authority. Subgroup 2 co-chaired by
Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and Italian Competition Authority.
2. Merger Working Group
The mission of the ICN Merger Working Group is to promote the adoption of best practices
in the design and operation of merger review regimes in order to: (i) enhance the
effectiveness of each jurisdiction's merger review mechanisms; (ii) facilitate procedural and
substantive convergence; and (iii) reduce the public and private time and cost of
multijurisdictional merger reviews.
The Merger Working Group is co-chaired by Japan Fair Trade Commission, US Federal
Trade Commission, the Autorité de la Concurrence (France) and United Kingdom
Competition & Markets Authority.
3. Unilateral Conduct Working Group
The ICN Unilateral Conduct Working Group (UCWG) primary objectives are to examine the
challenges involved in analyzing unilateral conduct of dominant firms and firms with
substantial market power, facilitate greater understanding of the issues involved in analyzing
unilateral conduct, and to promote greater convergence and sound enforcement of laws
governing unilateral conduct.
The Unilateral Conduct Working Group is co-chaired by Italian Competition Authority, US
Department of Justice and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
4. Advocacy Working Group
The mission of the Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is to undertake projects, develop
practical tools and guidance, and facilitate experience-sharing among ICN member agencies,
in order to improve the effectiveness of ICN members in advocating the dissemination of
competition principles and to promote the development of a competition culture.
The Advocacy Working Group is co-chaired by Swedish Competition Authority,
Competition Commission of Singapore and Mexican Federal Economic Competition
5. Agency Effectiveness Working Group
The mission of the Agency Effectiveness Working Group (AEWG) is to identify key
elements of a well-functioning competition agency and good practices for strategy and
planning, operations, and enforcement tools and procedures. AEWG’s mandate is to share
experience among ICN members and NGAs and to develop and disseminate good practices
for agency effectiveness.
The Agency Effectiveness Working Group is co-chaired by Canadian Competition Bureau,
Competition Commission of India and Norwegian Competition Authority.
The ICN holds an Annual Conference which is hosted by a member competition agency. The
last such Conference was hosted by Portuguese Competition Authority in May 2017 and
Competition Commission of India will be hosting the next conference on 21-23 March 2018.
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