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Profile of registrant

The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace

Identification number in the register: 94410281407-45
Registration date: 23/03/09 10:42:03

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/03/14 13:12:34
The date of the last annual update was 23/03/14 13:12:34

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace
Acronym: ICOMP
Legal status: Company Limited by Guarantee
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Other similar organisations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Lord Alan Watson
Position: Chair

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Karen Massin
Position: Chief Operating Officer, Burson Marsteller, Brussels

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: See below - 
P.O. box: BCM Box ICOMP
London WC1N 3XY
Telephone number: (+44) 2073006236
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: ICOMP’s goal is to promote widespread support for principles that are essential to a healthy online environment, with the overall objective of achieving sustainable growth on the Internet consistent with the rule of law, namely through the encouragement of competition and transparency. ICOMP’s other key goals are:
- Data privacy
- Respect for intellectual property
- Adoption of best practices to stimulate creativity & innovation
- Fostering of an online environment founded on security, respect & trust

In order to achieve these goals, ICOMP:

- Helps to educate and inform stakeholders and decision-makers as regards the functioning of the online marketplace and the application of competition rules.
- Encourages companies to act responsibly with user data and to compete on the basis of user privacy safeguards.
- Brings participants from across the Internet together to identify and promote best practices.

ICOMP’s work is guided by the following principles:

- Competition: Advertisers, web publishers and consumers all rely on healthy competition in online advertising to generate online innovation and content. Online advertising will continue to serve as the engine that drives the online economy, but only if vibrant competition in this critical sector is preserved.
- Transparency: Companies benefiting from a very strong market position can sometimes achieve the status of “gate-keepers to the Internet”. There is a special obligation on such companies to be completely transparent about their business practices.
- Security: The Internet and e-commerce will reach their full potential only if consumers are informed of the ways in which their information is used and are confident that their privacy will be respected.
- IPR: Intellectual property rights foster creativity, innovation and online growth by enabling firms and individuals to enjoy the commercial fruits of their hard work and investments.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 15
Complementary information: During the past year, ICOMP has been supported by some 15 consultants who provide varying levels of support as required from time to time. These consultants include David H.C. Wood (ICOMP’s Legal Counsel) and Auke Haagsma (Director of ICOMP), as well as those employees at Burson Marsteller in London and Brussels who manage the ICOMP Secretariat.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

ICOMP is an industry initiative for organisations and businesses involved in Internet commerce. ICOMP organises conferences, webinars and press roundtables, issues policy briefs and newsletters, conducts research and studies, and advocates generally for a more competitive, transparent, and secure online marketplace with data privacy and respect for IPRs, all in keeping with the rule of law.

During the course of the previous year, ICOMP has continued to work towards the achievement of its goals (outlined in more detail above), in order to promote sustainable growth in the online marketplace in a way which is transparent and based on competition on the merits. In order to pursue these aims, in recent months, ICOMP has continued to increase its focus on the need for privacy and data protection online, as well as incentives to innovate. In particular, from March 2013 to February 2014, ICOMP has engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register, including:

- Maintaining its blog, (
- Meeting with Members of the European Parliament and with Commission officials.
- Circulation of newsletters.
- Organising events in Brussels (most recently, its event "Your content, their profits – How online copyright theft threatens culture and creativity").
- Organising conferences, webinars and press-round tables.
- Issuing policy briefs and discussion papers.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Enterprise
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Research and Technology
  • Sport


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

At the time of this update, ICOMP represents the interests of 31 council members and also has signatories who sign up to its principles. A list of ICOMP council members is maintained on ICOMP’s website:

(1) The Council & Council Members

The Council is the guiding body of ICOMP and consists of ICOMP members who make financial contributions to ICOMP. The Council is chaired by Lord Alan Watson. It includes members which are associations, including the Centre of the Picture Industry (“CEPIC”); Associaçío Portuguesa De Software (“ASSOFT”);and SUMA-EV, as well as a number of indiviudal enterprises.

(2) Signatories

ICOMP also has signatories who have signed ICOMP’s principles and aims: they agree on the need for a more competitive, transparent, privacy friendly and secure online marketplace. At the time of this update, ICOMP is supported by 51 such signatories, including the Spanish Chapter of the International Advertising Association and the Association of Spanish Editors of Newspapers, (“AEDE”).

ICOMP council members and signatories reside across 18 different countries around the world.

Other than the Council, ICOMP also has a Secretariat which is run by a UK registered company, Burson Marsteller, and which is responsible for the administration and Secretariat of ICOMP.

In terms of ICOMP’s membership of other bodies, ICOMP is an associate member of the European Internet Foundation.

Financial data

Financial year: 03/2013 - 02/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 250000  € - 300000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

In response to question 2 above and in keeping with the guidance provided by the Commission in its Communication of October 2009, the subsequent Interinstitutional Agreement signed between the European Parliament and the Commission on 22 July 2011, and the Transparency Register Compliance Guidelines of 4 October 2012, ICOMP has not excluded double-counting from its entry on the Transparency Register and has included relevant expenditure, even if this has been reported elsewhere in the Register.

The financial information provided by ICOMP in its entry relates to the turnover attributable to the activities falling within the scope of the Transparency Register as defined in Part IV of the Interinstitutional Agreement, i.e., activities carried out with the objective of directly or indirectly influencing the formulation or implementation of policy and the decision-making processes of the EU institutions. ICOMP has also included in this figure the cost of activities relating to its organisation of events and public gatherings.

ICOMP is a formal complainant before the European Commission in administrative proceedings in Case 39.740 Google. For this reason, turnover relevant to activities directly pertaining to this case have been excluded from the scope of ICOMP’s entry on the Transparency Register in accordance with the exclusions set out in paragraph 10(a) of the Interinstitutional Agreement.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.