Workshop on settlements and commitment decisions

Workshop on settlements and commitment decisions
19 October 2015
No.3, 20 Nong, Hunan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
Agenda


08:30-09:00

Registration

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

09:00-09:20

Opening Remarks (tbc)
ZHANG Handong, Directorate-General, Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly Bureau, National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China
GU Honghui, Deputy Directorate-General, Shanghai Development and Reform Commision
Torben Toft, Principal Administrator, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission

09:20-12:00

Session I: Settlements in cartel cases
Overview:

  • Introducing settlements in EU anti-cartel enforcement
  • Process
  • How to chose a case for settlement
  • Hybrid cases
  • Settlements and leniency
  • The advantages and challenges of the settlement process

09:20 – 10:20 Presentation by Laure Dosogne-Varaire, Case handler, French Competition Authority
10:20 – 10:40 tea break
10:40 – 11:20 Commentary:

  • Georgina Lake, Assistant Project Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority (10 min speaking time, 10 min interpretation)
  • Professor HUANG Yong, Chief of Competition Law research Centre, UIBE; Member of expert advisor team, Antimonopoly Committee of the State Council (10 min speaking time, 10 min interpretation)

11:20– 12:00 Q&A with all presenters/experts

12:00-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Session II: The history, implementation and reform of commitment decisions
Overview:

  • Scope of commitment decisions
  • Time periods involved in commitment decisions
  • Procedural aspects of commitment decisions
  • Content and negotiation of commitment decisions
  • Soliciting comments and market testing the proposed commitments
  • Monitoring of commitment decisions and enforcement of breaches
  • Advantages and challenges of using commitment decisions

13:30 – 14:30 Georgina Lake, Assistant Project Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority
14:30 – 15:00 commentary from Antonio Butta, Economic Assistant to the Chairman of the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM)
15:00 – 15:20 tea break

Continuation in roundtable format

15:20 – 16:00 Presentation by NDRC about the guideline (20 min speaking time, 20 min interpretation)
16:00 – 17:00 Q&A with all presenters/ experts, including:

  • Professor HUANG Yong, Chief of Competition Law research Centre, UIBE
  • Professor WANG Xianlin, Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Professor XU Shiying, East China University of Political Science and Law

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

 

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