Glossary of competition terms

This Glossary was prepared by DG COMP and the OECD for non-competition specialists. Each term is enriched with references of national case laws from the e-Competitions Bulletin. (© European Union - © OECD)

International Competition Network (ICN)

A project-oriented, consensus-based, informal network of antitrust agencies from developed and developing countries. 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. The ICN was announced publicly on 25.10.2001 in New York and will address antitrust enforcement and policy issues of common interest and formulate proposals for procedural and substantive convergence through a results-oriented agenda and structure. Any national or regional competition agency responsible for the enforcement of antitrust laws may become a member of the ICN. The network will also actively seek advice and contributions from the private sector and various non-governmental organisations. The ICN is intended as a virtual structure without any permanent secretariat, flexibly organised around its projects, guided by a steering group which will identify projects and devise work plans for approval of the ICN as a whole. There will be one ICN conference per year which will bring together heads of antitrust agencies.More information can be obtained at: www.internationalcompetitionnetwork.org

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