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ICN Merger Workshop 2015

24 – 25 September 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition is pleased to invite you to the ICN Merger Workshop, which will be held in Brussels on 24 and 25 September 2015.

This ICN Merger Workshop is the 11th merger workshop hosted by the International Competition Network and is a continuation of a series of agency-led conferences initiated in 2002. In line with the ICN Merger Working Group's overall mission, the workshops provide an opportunity to promote the use of the ICN work products, and guidance in designing and operating merger review regimes to enhance their effectiveness. They also facilitate procedural and substantive convergence, and reduce public and private time and the cost of multi-jurisdictional merger reviews.

In past years, DG Competition, together with its co-chairs of the ICN Merger Working Group (MWG), has pursued an active agenda to develop and implement the MWG work plan and work products. The MWG has, in particular, developed a practical guide to international enforcement cooperation in mergers, explored potential updates to the 2005 Merger Remedies Review Report, and continued to increase the involvement of ICN members and Non-Governmental Advisors in MWG activities as part of outreach efforts. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and reflect on all those areas. It will promote the exchange of practical experience among delegates in panel discussions and break-out sessions.

The workshop also gives us an opportunity to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the EU Merger Regulation.

We invite all interested ICN member agencies to contribute to the success of this workshop and to register via this website.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop in September 2015.

On behalf of the MWG co-chairs,

Alexander Italianer
European Commission Directorate-General for Competition