International Competition Network (ICN)

​The International Competition Network (ICN), created in 2001, gathers over one hundred national competition authorities and non-governmental advisors, with the aim of promoting competition and convergence for a more effective and efficient enforcement of competition rules, to the benefit of consumers and businesses.

The AdC is a member of the ICN, actively contributing to all the working groups: advocacy, agency effectiveness, cartels, mergers e unilateral conduct. The AdC also participates in the ICN workshops and conferences, having organised the 2008 ICN Cartel Workshop.

During the 2011-2012 ICN year, the AdC will also be one of Co-Chairs of the Advocacy Working Group.

Within the ICN framework, international competition agencies and other participants develop consensus-based work products and platforms for convergence on principles applicable to competition policy, that are often presented as recommended good practices.

Non-governmental Advisors

The ICN collaborates with non-governmental advisors (NGAs), such as lawyers, academics, representatives of international organisations, and commercial or consumer agencies, as experts in the field of anti-trust to contribute to the work carried out by the ICN.

The ICN, with this initiative, recognises the value of the contribution of the participation and expertise of the participants from both the public and private sectors, in the work of the ICN, which ultimately will benefit from the contribution of a wide range of stakeholders.

International Competition Network Annual Conference in Portugal in 2017

In 2017, the AdC hosted the International Competition Network (ICN) Annual Conference which took place in Porto on 10-12 May and was attended by 600 high level representatives from competition authorities of over one hundred jurisdictions and international organizations (OECD, European Commission, World Bank, UNCTAD, among others), including the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager.
More details on the website:

ICN best practice work products translated into Portuguese language

In order to foster and facilitate the exchange of best practice in competition enforcement and advocacy, the AdC launched a project to translate the main work products of the International Competition Network (ICN) into Portuguese.

Some of the translated work products are already available and more are soon to follow:

The full work products catalogue can be found on the ICN website