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29 November – 2 December 2021

22nd EU-China Competition Week

The 22nd EU-China Competition Week took place online on between 29 November to 2 December 2021. The week of technical discussions on competition law and enforcement showcased the commitment of the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition (DG Competition) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of the People’s Republic of China to strengthen their technical cooperation and dialogue. It builds on a longstanding tradition of biannual competition dialogue between the EU and the antimonopoly enforcement agencies in China.

Officials from DG Competition and the SAMR were joined by officials from the German Federal Cartel Office and the French Competition Authority.

The Competition Week provided a platform for both sides to address their priorities and challenges in the field of competition policy. Officials and experts discussed a broad range of topics, including on the green transition and how China’s Fair Competition Review System and the EU’s State Aid framework can contribute to it. Participants also discussed mechanisms to control potentially anti-competitive acquisitions in the digital sector and the practical challenges of investigating digital markets, as well as on updates on the proposed revisions to China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and recent regulatory and competition policy developments in the EU.

EU-China Competition Weeks take place biannually, usually in March and October, when officials from DG Competition and their counterparts in China engage in a dialogue to enhance cooperation and transparency between China and the EU in the field of competition.

The 23rd EU-China Competition Week will take place in March 2022.

  • The Competition Week supports the dialogue between the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition and China’s three AMEAs and aims to ensure consistent implementation in a robust enforcement environment.

  • China’s three Anti-Monopoly Enforcement Agencies include: the Ministry of Finance and Commerce (MOFCOM), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). In addition to this, a session with the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) is foreseen in the 16th Competition Week.

  • The Competition Cooperation Project’s official WeChat account will be launched shortly. Through this WeChat account, you will receive all information related to the project and the activity.

AGENDA

PRESENTATIONS

Day 1 - 29 November 2021 - The Green transition – how can the PRC’s Fair Competition Review System and the EU’s State Aid Framework contribute?

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Day 2 - 30 November 2021, Mechanisms to control potentially problematic acquisitions in the digital sector

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Day 3 - 1 December 2021, Enforcing antitrust rules in digital markets – practical challenges for investigations

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Day 4 - 2 December 2021, Update on PRC’s Amendments to the Anti-Monopoly Law and an overview of the EU’s recent legislative and competition policy developments

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