Pharmaceuticals are special products due to special characteristics in supply and demand. Their distribution is heavily regulated to ensure that drugs are accessible, affordable, and safely consumed. Competition can and should play a role in ensuring that the pharmaceuticals distribution market works well for consumers. The 2014 Global Forum on Competition addressed competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
Nationally and internationally competitive markets should be promoted in order to provide consumers with greater choice amongst financial services. The OECD Competition Committee discussed the Role of Competition in Financial Consumer Protection in February 2014.
International co-operation in competition law enforcement is at the core of the OECD competition-related work. Prepared by the OECD Competition Committee, this inventory focuses mainly on fifteen bilateral comprehensive government-to-government co-operation agreements where at least one of the signatories is an OECD country.
In the last twenty years a number of developed and developing countries around the world have used public-private partnerships in a variety of sectors, ranging from transport and utility infrastructures (e.g. bridges, roads), to social infrastructures (e.g. schools, hospitals and prisons). Competition delegates took part in a Hearing in June 2014 to examine the major benefits and drawbacks of public-private partnerships. Read more...
Food processing and retail chains often give rise to competition issues, especially due to trends of high and volatile commodity prices. Competition issues in the food chain industry have been discussed by the OECD Competition Committee.
Globalisation has brought a much more international dimension to competition law. This paper presents evidence of the complexity of co-operation between competition agencies and the likely challenges they will encounter in the future to enforce competition law and co-operate effectively.
International co-operation between competition authorities has been at the core of the OECD agenda for many years. On 16 September 2014 the OECD Council adopted the Recommendation on International Enforcement Co-operation in Competition Investigations and Proceedings. The Recommendation represents a cornerstone for the creation of an effective international co-operation system between competition enforcers.
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Merger control constitutes an essential component of an effective competition system. This in-depth study of Chile’s merger control regime assesses the main existing issues in the current system and provides suggestions for improvement based on OECD and international standards.
El control de concentraciones constituye un componente esencial de un sistema de competencia eficaz. El estudio evalúa los principales problemas del régimen de control de concentraciones vigente en Chile y propone recomendaciones para su mejora de conformidad con los estándares de la OCDE y las mejores prácticas internacionales.