Representatives of the national competition authorities from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and from the European Commission, Directorate General Competition, met July 2008 in Schloss Hof, Marchfeld/Austria, following a joint invitation by the Director General of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority, Theodor Thanner, and the Chairman of the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition, Martin Pecina. The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection was not able to attend but expressed its interest in participating in the initiative. In the course of this meeting a joint declaration, the so-called Marchfeld Declaration (Memorandum of Understanding), was signed.
The initiative is aimed at the strengthening of regional cooperation and coordination between national competition authorities from EU Member States, as well as non-members, in particular with regard to cross-border issues of common concern.
These objectives shall be pursued by discussing topical competition-related issues in regular meetings and dealing with these issues e.g. by setting up working groups and joint training initiatives.