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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2007
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THOMAS O. BARNETT TO PARTICIPATE IN SIXTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION NETWORK CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA
WASHINGTON Assistant Attorney General Thomas O. Barnett will participate in the sixth annual International Competition Network (ICN) Conference in Moscow, Russia, from May 30 June 1, 2007. At the conference, senior government antitrust officials, private sector antitrust experts from around the world, and representatives from intergovernmental organizations will meet to discuss competition issues.
The ICN conference will focus on the recent work of its four substantive working groups: unilateral conduct, mergers, cartels, and competition policy implementation. ICN member agencies participate in these project-oriented working groups to address policy and enforcement issues and formulate proposals for ICN consensus. Private sector experts participate actively in the working groups. Conference discussions will focus on topics addressed by these groups including: prospects for convergence on substantive merger review issues; objectives of competition laws on unilateral conduct; definition and assessment of market power/dominance; international cooperation in cartel investigations, and case selection and prioritization; and the promotion of competition policy in developing and transition economies. Participants will also discuss the implementation of the ICN Recommended Practices for Merger Notification and Review Procedures and other ICN work product. The conference will finalize work programs for the coming year.
In October 2001, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) joined with antitrust agencies from 13 other jurisdictions around the world (Australia, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Zambia) to create the ICN. The ICN now includes 100 member agencies from 88 jurisdictions. The ICN has two main goals: 1) to promote greater substantive and procedural convergence among antitrust authorities on sound competition principles; and 2) to provide support for new antitrust agencies, both in enforcing their laws and in building strong competition cultures in their countries.
The following portions of the conference will be open to the press:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007: 6th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 1)
9:00 A.M. (Moscow), 1:00 A.M. (EDT) Welcoming Remarks by Russian and ICN Officials
10:50 A.M. (Moscow), 2:50 A.M. (EDT) Unilateral Conduct Working Group
3:00 P.M. (Moscow), 7:00 A.M. (EDT) Competition Policy Implementation
Working Group Session
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2006: 6th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 2)
9:00 A.M. (Moscow), 1:00 A.M. (EDT) Merger Working Group Session
1:30 P.M. (Moscow), 5:30 A.M. (EDT) Cartel Working Group Panel Discussion
FRIDAY, June 1, 2007: 6th ANNUAL ICN CONFERENCE (DAY 3)
9:00 A.M. (Moscow), 1:00 A.M. (EDT) Competition and Development Panel
10:30 A.M. (Moscow), 2:30 A.M. (EDT) Implementation Panel Discussion
1:30 P.M. (Moscow), 5:30 A.M. (EDT) Closing Ceremony
Complete information about the conference is available at http://www.icn-moscow.org/. The ICN conference will be located at the Radisson SAS Slavyanskaya Hotel & Business Center in Moscow, Russia.