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International networks

Competition and public procurement are two areas that are greatly affected by increased globalisation and the issues addressed on the international agenda. That is why international cooperation on competition and procurement issues is becoming increasingly important.

One way in which the Swedish Competition Authority contributes to the development of the competition and procurement areas is through its participation in cooperation within the Nordic region, the EU, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the International Competition Network (ICN).

The Nordic region

We benefit greatly from exchanging knowledge and experience with the corresponding authorities within the Nordic region. That is why we have well-structured cooperation within the region, both in the area of competition and in the area of procurement.

EU

The rules used by the Swedish Competition Authority in the areas of competition and procurement are largely harmonised within the EU. It is therefore important that there are effective ways for us to cooperate with the European Commission and national authorities in the other Member States.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a cooperation body for the governments of 36 countries and is headquartered in Paris.

The overall aim of the cooperation is to contribute to growth, employment and higher living standards in the Member States, to promote healthy economic development in both the Member States and in the rest of the world, and to contribute to the expansion of world trade.

International Competition Network, ICN

The International Competition Network (ICN) is a worldwide network of competition authorities and aims to promote understanding of competition issues and the value of effective competition policy.

The work is carried out in project form within the context of various working groups. There are currently five active working groups: Cartels, Mergers, Unilateral Conduct, Agency Effectiveness and Advocacy.

In addition to representatives from competition authorities, additional non-governmental advisors (NGAs) also participate. These include advisors from industry and consumer organisations, researchers and lawyers who voluntarily contribute to ICN’s work. This cooperation ensures the high quality of both discussions and written products.

The Swedish Competition Authority has special responsibility for leading the work of the working group on effective working methods, the Agency Effectiveness Working Group (AEWG).

ICN’s website

The ICN document library of written products prepared by ICN working groups, such as guidelines and recommendations.