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On 17 July 2012, the OECD Council adopted a Recommendation on Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement, which together with the Guidelines, will help sensitise governments to assess their public procurement laws and practices at all levels in order to promote more effective procurement and reduce the risk of bid rigging in public tenders.
The OECD Council has adopted a number of non-binding Recommendations on competition law and policy. In addition, the Competition Committee has adopted Best Practices. These Recommendations and Best Practices are often catalysts for major change by governments.
International co-operation between OECD countries on anticompetitive practices affecting international trade has been in operation for more than 40 years based on a series of Council Recommendations which have been elaborated and progressively refined by the Competition Committee.
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The Guiding Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance provide guidance for government action to ensure that regulations, and government asset management, in regulated sectors are of high quality and appropriately promote competition and markets. They were adopted by the OECD Council in April 2005. Several policy committees, including the Competition Committee’s Working Party on Competition and Regulation, participated in their
The OECD Recommendation on Merger Review aims to contribute to greater convergence of merger review procedures, including cooperation among competition authorities, towards internationally recognised best practices.
Some regulated firms risk operating simultaneously in a non-competitive activity and a potentially competitive complementary activity. This Recommendation calls for carefully balancing the benefits and costs of structural measures against the benefits and costs of behavioural measures.
Adopted on 25 March 1998, this Recommendation advises member countries to ensure that their competition laws effectively halt and deter hard core cartels by providing for effective sanctions and adequate enforcement procedures and institutions to detect and remedy hard core cartels.
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This Recommendation was adopted by the Council of the OECD on 25 March 1998.
The 1979 Recommendation on Competition Policy and Exempted or Regulated Sectors urges Member countries to undertake periodic reviews of regulations and related exemptions from competition law in order to assess, with the participation of competition authorities, a) whether the initial reasons or circumstances which gave rise to regulations, or to particular aspects thereof, remain valid under contemporary conditions; b) the extent to
This Recommendation was adopted by the Council of the OECD on 14 December 1971.