On May 24, FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras participated in the sixth annual International Competition Network (“ICN”) Conference in Moscow, Russia, from May 30-June 1, 2007. Senior government antitrust officials, private sector antitrust experts from around the world, and representatives from intergovernmental organizations met to discuss competition issues.
The ICN conference focused on the recent work of its four substantive working groups: unilateral conduct, mergers, cartels, and competition policy implementation. ICN member agencies participated in these project-oriented working groups to address policy and enforcement issues and formulate proposals for ICN consensus. Private sector experts participated actively in the working groups. Conference discussions focused 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 also discussed the implementation of the ICN Recommended Practices for Merger Notification and Review Procedures and other ICN work product. The conference finalized work programs for the coming year.