INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A. Official Designation
This Charter relates to the International Competition Policy
Advisory Committee, referred to herein as the Committee.
B. The Committee's Objectives and Scope of Authority
To review and make recommendations to the Assistant Attorney
General in charge of the Antitrust Division ("AAG/ATR")
regarding how the United States can best work with foreign
nations and regional economic integration organizations to deter
anticompetitive international cartels.
To review and make recommendations regarding the most
efficacious manner in which the United States can coordinate
their efforts with those of foreign nations and regional economic
integration organizations to review the competitive ramifications
of multinational mergers.
To review the relationship between United States'
competition policy and trade policy and make recommendations
regarding those situations in which competition policy, including
specifically international antitrust enforcement, can effectively
be used as a supplement to, or substitute for, trade policy in
creating or maintaining free and open international markets.
To make recommendations concerning specific initiatives
that the United States can undertake to enhance its ability to
protect the United States' economy from international antitrust
The period of time necessary for the Committee to carry out
its purpose is three years.
This Charter expires two years from its effective date and
is subject to renewal.
The Committee shall report to the AAG/ATR or the
AAG/ATR's designated appointee.
E. Support Services
The Antitrust Division will provide all the necessary
support services for the Committee.
The duties of the Committee are advisory and are to
carry out the objectives listed in Section B of this Charter.
The overall advisory process and structure will
consist of the Committee, a Designated Federal Employee ("DFE")
appointed by the AAG/ATR, and such staff, comprised of employees
of the Antitrust Division, as shall be agreed upon between the
Chairman of the Committee and the AAG/ATR.
The Chairman of the Committee also may designate, with the
approval of the AAG/ATR, members of the Committee to act as one
or more subcommittees in order to assist the Committee in
carrying out its duties.
G. Annual Operating Costs
The estimated annual operating costs of the Committee are
expected to be approximately $53,000. These costs involve 0.1 work-
years of support services and the expenses of members to attend
The Committee generally will meet 6 times each year at
approximately 2 month intervals. Committee meetings will be open to the
public unless determined otherwise by the DFE. Subcommittees will meet
based on a schedule agreed to by the Chairman of the Committee and the
I. Establishing Authority
Establishment of the Committee was approved by the AAG/ATR
in August 1997 to ensure appropriate input from a broad spectrum of
government, business and consumer interests towards the development of
an appropriate antitrust enforcement approach to international antitrust
violations and mergers, and of an appropriate approach to the
integration of antitrust policy and international trade policy to
achieve the common objectives of both.
J. Delegation of Authority to Appoint Members
Authority to appoint members of the Committee is hereby
delegated to the AAG/ATR.
K. Termination Date
The Committee's termination date is 3 years from the date of
L. Date of Charter
Oct. 3, 1997.