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04.06.2018 Competition: Commission agrees framework for dialogue on competition policy issues with Mexico


Competition: EU and Japan start negotiations for a 2nd generation cooperation agreement in the field of competition

The EU and Japan held on 19 and 20 October 2017 in Tokyo the first round of negotiations to review the 2003 EU-Japan Agreement on cooperation on anticompetitive activities. This 'first generation' agreement contains various instruments of cooperation in the area of competition policy but does not allow EU and Japanese competition authorities to exchange confidential information, unless they have obtained express waivers from the source of the information. The EU and Japan have now agreed to start negotiating a 'second generation' agreement to further enhance their cooperation in the field of competition, in particular by facilitating the exchange of information obtained by their respective competition authorities during the course of an investigation. The Council gave a mandate to the Commission to start negotiations with Japan in April 2017. Both sides will continue to work closely together to make progress in the negotiations.


Johannes Laitenberger (left) and John Pecman

European Commission and Canada meet to discuss competition policy and enforcement

The European Commission’s Director-General for Competition, Johannes Laitenberger met with the Canadian Commissioner of Competition, John Pecman in Gatineau, Canada.

Discussions focused on respective priorities, ongoing cooperation, significant enforcement cases, and developments in areas of mutual interest, including the digital economy and promoting competition and innovation in their respective economies.

The European Union and Canada signed a cooperation agreement regarding the application of their competition laws in 1999.

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