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Competition provisions in trade agreements

 

 5 December 2019  Paris  

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2019 OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON COMPETITION EXPLORED THE COMPETITION PROVISIONS IN TRADE AGREEMENTS

The majority of trade agreements include a competition policy chapter or individual competition provisions. These cover a range of issues, such as the adoption or maintenance of competition laws, international co-operation on competition policy or the introduction of procedural safeguards.

In December 2019, the Global Forum on Competition  considered the purpose and impact of these competition provisions in practice, to discuss their usefulness in broadening and strengthening the application of competition law worldwide. In addition, the session looked at the role of competition authorities in the drafting and negotiation of competition provisions in trade agreements. 

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Speakers

François-Charles LAPRÉVOTE Bio 
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Anna Caroline MÜLLER Bio 
Legal Affairs Officer, WTO

Susan STONE 
Head, Emerging Policy Issues, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD 

Documents

Call for contributions 

Paper by François-Charles Laprévote 

Paper by Robert D. Anderson, William E. Kovacic, Anna Caroline Müller and Nadezhda Sporysheva 

Summaries of contributions

Algeria (in French)

Australia

Canada

Eurasian Economic Commission

European Union

Finland

Hong Kong, China

Indonesia

Mexico (COFECE & IFT)

Philippines

Russian Federation

Serbia

Singapore

Switzerland (in French)

Turkey

Thailand

Ukraine

United States

BIAC

TUAC

UNCTAD "Assessing regional integration in Africa: Next steps for the African Continental Free Trade Area"

World Bank

Presentations
Related links

“Competition policy, trade and the global economy: existing WTO elements, commitments in regional trade agreements, current challenges and issues for reflection”, World Trade Organization Staff Working Paper ERSD-2018-12, Anderson, R.D., Kovacic, W.E., Müller, A.C. and N. Sporysheva (2018)

Competition Policy within the Context of Free Trade Agreements, Laprévote, F.-C., Frisch, S. and B. Can, E15 Initiative (2015)

Antitrust in wonderland: Trade defense through the competition looking-glass”Concurrences N° 2-2015, Laprévote, F.-C. (2015)

Regional competition agreements: Benefits and challenges, Background note, OECD Policy Roundtables

OECD Competition Youtube channel

 

Global Forum website

Full list of Competition Policy Roundtables

 

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