Roundtable to discuss topics of draft guidelines

Roundtable to discuss topics of draft guidelines:
(i) leniency applications and (ii) commitments and suspension of investigations

14 March 2016
Venue: Tangla Hotel, Peridot Room, No.19 Fuxingmenwai Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing
Agenda


08:45-09:00

Registration

09:00-09:15

Opening Remarks (tbc)
ZHANG Handong, Director General, Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly Bureau of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China
Torben Toft, Principal Administrator, European Commission from Directorate General for Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Moderator: Ms Hilary JENNINGS, Special Adviser on Competition Policy, EUCTP II

09:15-12:30

(tea break decided by moderator depending on progress of the discussion)

Session I: Leniency applications in horizontal monopoly agreement cases: guidance for leniency applicants
Overview:

  • Experience with leniency guidelines
  • Guidance on principles: eligibility; types of leniency; leniency plus
  • Guidance on process: confidential guidance; application and steps; forms of application (oral and written); use of marker system; timing; co-ordination with foreign authorities
  • Requirements that the applicants must fulfil
  • Decision to grant / deny / withdraw application and communication with applicant
  • Disclosure and confidentiality issues

09:20 – 10:20

12:40-14:00

Lunch

14:00-17:15

Session II: Commitments and suspension of investigations
Overview:

  • Experience with guidance on commitment decisions
  • Guidance on principles: objectives and considerations
  • Guidance on process: initiation of discussions, timing, assessment, market testing
  • Content of commitments and duration
  • Communication with the parties / complainant / third parties
  • Implementing the commitments and use of monitoring trustees

14:00-15:15 Presentations by

15:15 – 15:30 tea break

15:30-16:00 Discussion and commentary by

Ms Tânia CARDOSO SIMÕES, Senior Legal Adviser, Portuguese Competition Authority: 20 minutes (including time for consecutive interpretation)
16:10-17:15 Roundtable discussion and Q&A session with all speakers and experts

[Consecutive interpretation from English-Chinese and Chinese-English provided]
Please note that speaking times must include time for interpretation.