OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Greece


Increased competition can improve a country’s economic performance, open business opportunities and reduce the cost of goods and services to the benefit of consumers. However, numerous laws and regulations can restrict competition in the marketplace.

The Greek authorities have taken important steps in recent years to reinforce competition law, strengthen the Hellenic Competition Commission and liberalise professional services. They have demonstrated the political willingness to address the problem of existing regulatory barriers to competition to improve the country's economic performance. 

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In November 2012, the Greek government asked the OECD to conduct an assessment of laws and regulations undermining competition in the sectors of tourism, retail trade, food processing and construction materials. Using the OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit to structure the analysis, this first report identified 555 problematic regulations and 329 provisions where changes could be made to foster competition.

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría presented the results of the Competition Assessment Review at a launch event in Athens on 27 November 2013 in the presence of Greece’s Minister of Development Costis Hatzidakis.

>> Full text of news release

>> Remarks by Angel Gurría

>> Read  the report


In 2014, a second assessment to identify competition-distorting rules and regulations in the selected manufacturing sub-sectors in Greece was conducted. The sectors covered were: beverages; textiles, clothing apparel and leather; machinery and equipment; and coke and refined petroleum products. The report made 88 recommendations on specific legal provisions taking into account EU legislation and relevant provisions in comparable countries, notably EU Member States.

>> View this report (pdf) [coming soon]

A third competition assessment is being carried out in 2016.  Read more about the project.  

‌‌‌Competition ‌Assessment Toolkit: Helping governments eliminate barriers to competition

The OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit was designed to help governments eliminate barriers to competition through a method that identifies unnecessary restraints on market activities and develops alternative, less restrictive measures that still achieve government policy objectives.  View the text of the toolkit (2 volumes available in more than 17 languages).





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