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In today’s globalised economy, companies operate increasingly across national borders. An effective enforcement of German competition law therefore requires intensive cooperation with competition authorities within and outside the EU.

A growing number of merger transactions have an international dimension, affecting markets in several countries, often in different continents. The integration of national economies also enables companies to organise cartels and other anti-competitive practices on an international or even global basis.

Accordingly, the Bundeskartellamt regularly cooperates with competition authorities around the world on the basis of bilateral agreements or within international networks. The nature of cooperation activity varies between countries and can cover coordination of enforcement actions, sharing of information on cases of mutual interest, dialogue on competition policy issues and, in some cases, also capacity building support.

Cooperation with International Authorities

Notably with regard to the exchange of information as well as mutual assistance in cartel investigations, the European Competition Network (ECN) has significantly enhanced cooperation with the European Commission and among national competition authorities (NCAs) within Europe. As co-chair of the ECN’s Merger Working Group, the Bundeskartellamt was closely involved in the preparation of the European Best Practices on Cooperation in Merger Cases.

On a global level, the Bundeskartellamt participates actively in the competition-related activities of a number of multilateral organisations such as the International Competition Network (ICN), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The main emphasis is on the promotion of policy convergence through dialogue and exchange of views on broader policy and enforcement issues, and in some cases through the establishment of recommended practices.

In September 2013 the Bundeskartellamt's President, Andreas Mundt, was elected as the new Steering Group Chair of the International Competition Network (ICN). Furthermore, he is a member of the Bureau of the OECD Competiton Committee.

See Andreas Mundt becomes the new Chair of the International Competition Network (press release from 04.09.2013).