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Competition Bureau advocacy in the Canadian telecoms sector

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Alan Gunderson, Joseph Monteiro and Gerald C Robertson*of the Canadian Competition Bureau and Coordination and Services, Industry Canada, look at how the CCB has used regulatory intervention to pursue competition policy goals in the telecommunications industry

Treviso conference praises Commission’s role

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The charm of Treviso, in the heart of Italy’s entrepreneurial northeast, ensured a solid turnout for the fourth annual antitrust conference held there, this year entitled Antitrust Between EC Law and National Law. Superb organisation and cuisine, and a very high standard of debate, kept delegates interested. Sebastian O’Meara picks out the highlights

An interview with Giuseppe Tesauro

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Since his appointment as Chairman of the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza del Mercato, the Italian antitrust authority, Giuseppe Tesauro has built up an enviable reputation both in Italy and abroad. Sebastian O’Meara spoke to him in Treviso

Antitrust searches for 'middle ground'

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At the ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting in Washington DC a number of sessions, fortunately few in the pre-breakfast slot, stood out from the rest by adopting an international perspective. Sebastian O’Meara and Maija Pesola report

US business gets its say on competition policy

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James F Rill and Sarah E Bauers of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott PLLC, Washington DC, report on the progress of the government-sponsored advisory committee set up to make recommendations on the future direction of US global competition policy

Argentina: YPF fined for anti-competitive pricing policy

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The prosecution of YPF for anticompetitive practices has sent a signal to industry in general that the Argentine government is serious about competition policy.

Australia: ACCC conducts public inquiries into the declaration of telecoms services

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Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1974 establishes an access regime which allows third parties to gain access to services that are necessary inputs in providing telecommunication services to endusers. Under the regime, the ACCC can declare carriage services and services which facilitate the supply of carriage services. These services are known as ‘eligible services’. The ACCC is in the process of conducting a number of public inquiries into whether to declare certain eligible services under Part XIC of the Act. Should the ACCC make the declarations, the rules and regulatory processes in Part XIC of the Act will apply to the eligible services covered by its decisions.

Belgium: Reform of competition law leaves questions unanswered

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In principle, the reform, which will enter into force in late October 1999, is welcome. However, it is unlikely that it will enable the authorities to dedicate more time to restrictive practices as the new single concentration threshold may well result in more concentrations being notified (although unofficial sources indicate that the new turnover threshold may be shortly increased). Also, the usefulness to the regulatory bodies, markets and practitioners of some of the reforms is questionable. For example, the time period within which the Council is to take stage two decisions is far from clear and this may lead to serious confusion. Moreover, it is uncertain at the time of writing whether a simplified merger notification form is to be introduced for a concentration where market shares do not exceed 25 per cent. If it is not, this is likely to give rise to an unnecessary administrative burden on undertakings. Finally, the advent of a governmental review will introduce an unwelcome political dimension to merger control.

Canada: Bureau releases draft of Cooperating Parties Program

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The Competition Bureau has released draft guidelines on its Cooperating Parties Program as well as guidelines on software labelling. The Bureau has also continued its string of recent successes in criminal enforcement, obtaining a record fine against deceptive telemarketers.

Czech Republic: Government seeks to enhance telecoms competition with third mobile phone operator

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The Czech government wishes to increase competition in the telecommunications sector and will hold a tender to select a third mobile telephone operator in the Czech Republic.