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This week in Beijing, high level officials from the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies (AMEAs) and the European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition met for the 16th EU-China Competition Week. The officials were joined by the President and a judge of the General Court of the European Union to initiate a dialogue with their counterparts in the Supreme People’s Court.
The week-long schedule of meetings and workshops, kicked off on Monday 12th March at MOFCOM, advanced EU-China cooperation in topics including the application of competition law to big data and the sharing economy, merger review in the liner shipping industry, the revision of the anti-monopoly law, state aid control, exclusive distribution agreements, economic evidence before the court and resolving cases before the court. The daily roundtable format of the competition week allowed for a frank exchange of practical experiences between the Chinese and European officials.
EU-China Competition Weeks take place biannually in March and October, when high level officials from the China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and their counterparts, the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition, engage in a dialogue on competition policy and competition law. The 16th China-EU Competition Week, advanced the dialogue and readiness to cooperate on the enforcement of the respective competition laws in the fields of antitrust, mergers and State aid enforcement. As part of their opening remarks, the Director Generals for all three Chinese AMEAs, Mr. WU Zhenguo (Mofcom), Mr. ZHANG Handong (NDRC) Mr. YANG Hongcan (SAIC) all acknowledged the importance of the Competition week in the EU-China Competition dialogue. Mr. Henrik MORCH the Director of Markets and Cases at DG Competition stressed that the biannual gathering was seen as a priority action by Margrethe Vestager the European Commissioner for Competition.
The 17th EU-China Competition Week will take place in October 2018.
The EU-China Competition Week is part of the Competition Cooperation project, a 5-year EU-funded program aimed at fostering convergence of competition policies to create a more level playing field in trade and the economy. The Competition Cooperation project covers 14 countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Other activities scheduled under the Competition Cooperation project are the annual Competition Summer Schools taking place at an academic institution in Europe and the EU Visitors Program at the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition or one of the EU Member State National Competition Agencies.
More information about the project is available on www.competitioncooperation.eu