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COMPETITION : EUROPEAN COMPETITION NETWORK PUBLICISES ITS WORK.

The European Competition Network (ECN), made up of the competition authorities of the 27 member states and the European Commission, published on 29 January the first issue of its newsletter, the ECN Brief. The publication informs readers about the activities of the network and its members with the aim of ensuring wider communication on the enforcement of EU antitrust law and on advocacy action by all authorities in the ECN.

The newsletter, which will be published five times a year, complements the extensive communication policies of the individual network members. It presents news of the network and actions by the different authorities to enforce EU rules on concerted agreements and abuse of dominant position. ECN Brief provides overview information as well as targeted links for further reading.

The first issue covers news from September 2009 to mid-January 2010. ECN Brief is addressed to members of the legal and business community, the judiciary, consumer associations and academics as well as any individuals interested in EU antitrust law.

The newsletter is available in electronic format at: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/ecn/brief/index.html, and on the websites of member states' competition authorities.

Since EU competition rules are enforced by all ECN members, the network provides means of ensuring effective enforcement. Through the ECN, national competition authorities inform each other of proposed decisions and take on board comments from their peers. In this way, the ECN allows the competition authorities to pool their experience and identify best practices. The network is based on Council Regulation 1/2003 which established improved mechanisms for cooperation between member state competition authorities and the Commission.

BackgroundThe European Competition Network (ECN) was established as a result of the reform of EU antitrust rules. It serves as a forum for discussion and cooperation in relation to the enforcement of EU provisions on restrictive agreements and abuse of dominant position. This cooperation aims to put a stop to practices that restrict cross-border competition.

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