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Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased that the GVH – the Hungarian Competition Authority – has the opportunity to organise the 20th anniversary ICN Annual Conference. Organised in a virtual format, the event will take place on 13-15 October 2021.
This year the ICN Annual Conference will cover a range of very interesting topics that will be discussed by esteemed experts from the competition community. We will have the opportunity to overview the results of our 20 years of cooperation and to discuss the prospects for the upcoming 3rd decade. The conference will provide insight into the intersection of competition, consumer and data protection policies and into the special project of the GVH on “Sustainable development and competition law”, which we hope will be of particular professional interest alongside the diverse selection of interesting topics we will cover, such as post-COVID competition law enforcement, international cooperation in our enforcement practice and digitalisation, which have been placed on the agenda of the ICN working groups in the form of plenary or breakout sessions.
Following the tradition of ICN Annual Conferences, participation in the live events will only be possible via prior invitation. Nevertheless, we would like to provide all interested stakeholders with the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the ICN; therefore, the plenary sessions of the conference will be recorded, and these recordings will be made available for the wider public on the conference website soon after the live event.
The Budapest 2021 ICN Annual Conference website provides comprehensive and continuously updated information on the event and on Hungary that I believe fulfils many needs.
Wishing you a memorable experience at the Budapest 2021 ICN Annual Conference.

Sincerely,

Csaba Rigó
President, GVH
Hungarian Competition Authority

Program & Recordings
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Program

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Anniversary Publications

Special project for the 2021 ICN Annual Conference: Sustainable development and competition law

Special Project
Participants of the panel

As the host of the ICN Annual Conference in 2021, the Hungarian Competition Authority – the GVH – chose ‘Sustainable development and competition law’ to be the topic of its special project.

As part of this project, the GVH conducted a survey among ICN members and NGAs on their experience concerning sustainability and competition law.

The topic attracted great international interest and numerous competition authorities (52) and NGAs (41) submitted their responses revealing available experience in this field.

Survey report (PDF) (1.6MB)

Short video presenting the survey (5 min)

Panel discussion on competition law and sustainable development

This panel discussion will be held on 13 October as part of the 2021 ICN Annual Conference.

The panel is based on the concept that participants will discuss and further elaborate on the current issues and the future of the relationship between sustainable development and competition law by sharing their own knowledge and by relying on the survey results of the special project of the GVH.

It is also expected to inspire the audience by drawing attention to the challenges, potential solutions, and good practices.

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Martijn Snoep

President of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets

Speakers
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Tembinkosi Bonakele

Commissioner, South African Competition Commission
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Nicole Kar

NGA representative on behalf of Linklaters
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Andreas Mundt

Chair of the ICN Steering Group, President of Bundeskartellamt
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Delia Rickard

Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
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Csaba Balázs Rigó

President of the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal

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FAQ

Participation in the 2021 ICN Annual Conference will only be possible by invitation and upon the acceptance of the registration. Nevertheless, in order to allow the wider public to have an insight into the work of the ICN, the plenary sessions of the conference will be recorded and made available on the conference website soon after the live events. Furthermore, conference materials will be made available on the conference website.
Participation in the 2021 ICN Annual Conference will only be possible by invitation and upon the acceptance of the registration. To register for the conference, please complete the online registration form on the conference website.

When completing the registration form, please make sure to use the same name and the same email address that you confirmed in the reply to the invitation. To register, the GDPR declaration must be read, and a consent declaration must be given (with two clicks, accepting the privacy policy of the conference).

After completing the registration form you will receive an e-mail confirming your intention to register. Once the intention is confirmed you will receive an e-mail confirming the completion of the registration process. This confirmation will contain a direct link to the virtual conference platform which will enable you to follow the conference live stream. The conference platform will be accessible between 1 September and 16 October 2021.

Please note that in order to allow the wider public to have an insight into the work of the ICN, the plenary sessions of the conference will be recorded and made available on the conference website soon after the live events. Furthermore, conference materials will be made available on the conference website.
Yes, there is a separate platform (virtual conference platform), which is accessible from the website of the conference or from the link contained in the e-mail confirming the completion of the successful registration process.
Please note that participation in the 2021 ICN Annual Conference will only be possible by invitation and upon the acceptance of the registration. If you received an invitation but your subsequent registration was unsuccessful, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following e-mail address: icn2021budapest@gvh.hu. An unsuccessful registration may be the result of a typo in your e-mail address or an incomplete registration form.
Please note that you can modify your registration form or even cancel your registration up until the virtual conference platform goes live, after which time your registration may only be modified or cancelled via the My Profile page of the platform.
It is not possible to transfer your registration to another person.
To access the virtual conference platform, we recommend that you use the latest version of one of the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge Chromium, Google Chrome or Safari.
Please avoid the use of VPN services when accessing the platform.
Yes, it is possible to access the platform and the website from multiple devices. As to the platform specifically, please make sure to keep the e-mail on the approval of your registration as it contains the link that allows you to access the virtual conference platform at any time and from any device (desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone).
No, participation in the conference is free of charge.
The conference materials will be uploaded on the conference website and also on the conference platform.
The conference will be in English. All the materials and speeches will be in English; however, the opening and closing sessions of the conference will be translated into Hungarian in the course of the live event, and there will be English subtitles provided for the sessions.
Yes, the plenary sessions of the conference will be recorded and made available both on the conference platform during the conference itself and on the conference website soon after the live events.

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Virtual ICC-IBA Forum

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Bar Association (IBA) are pleased to announce that the virtual ICC-IBA Forum on the Annual ICN Conference will take place after the ICN Conference this year, on 23 November from 3 pm – 5.30 p.m. CET. Details on the programme and registration will be available soon. To register your interest or for any queries, please click here
Conference Co-Chairs:
  • ICC: François Brunet, Chair of the ICC Commission on Competition
  • IBA: Dan Swanson and Thomas Janssens, Co-Chairs of the IBA Antitrust Committee

Host agency: the GVH

ICN 2021
The Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal - GVH) started its operation on 1 January 1991.

The activities of the GVH in connection with the safeguarding of competition rest on the following three pillars, namely, competition supervision proceedings - the enforcement of the national and the Community competition law; competition advocacy - the GVH tries to influence state decisions; and competition culture - the objective of the GVH is to contribute to the development of competition culture by the dissemination of knowledge about competition policy, in order to raise public awareness of competition issues, and by the promotion of the development of competition-related legal and economic activities of public interest.

For more information please visit the website of the GVH.
If you have any questions about the conference, our staff is happy to help you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at
icn2021budapest@gvh.hu.