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Competition Week 15

The 15th EU-China Competition Week took place in Beijing and Xiamen from 16-20 October 2017.  Discussions were held on topical issues identified with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies (AMEAs). This included the reviewing mergers in the agro-chemicals sector, including a discussion of a recent merger in the industry reviewed by both the EU and China, as well as a discussion of merger review of joint ventures and the prosecution of the procedural infringements. There were discussions on how to use indirect evidence to prosecute cartels, the analysis of vertical restraints and the use of block exemptions and guidelines for vertical agreements. Another session considered the policy and enforcement approaches to the competition issues arising from Big Data and the digital economy. In addition, there was a discussion on developments in the implementation of the Fair Competition Review Mechanism and recent developments in the application of EU State aid control, both of which feed into the dialogue on State aid control under the recent MOU between DG COMP and the NDRC.