Central European Competition Initiative
In 2003 the Central European Competition Initiative was founded by five Central European National Competition Authorities (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). The Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal), in Budapest, is the headquarter of this association. Aim of the cooperation forum is to meet similar challenges in the fields of competition together, thereby forcing the exchange of "best practice," and cooperation in interdependent and cross-border mergers, market power abuses and cartel agreements.
The BWB as a member of CECI
The Austrian Federal Competition Authority joined the Central European Competition Initiative (CECI) on 17 February 2009 during the OECD meeting in Paris. The cooperation agreement was signed by Director General Dr. Thanner.
The exchange of information in this umbrella body, with respect to future cross-border abuse and antitrust cases, should be made easier with the legal framework, and competition law developments. "By joining the Central European Competition Initiative, the Federal Competition Authority has a good tool for international networking for efficient competition supervision" (Dr. Thanner).