An effective procurement policy must be designed to obtain goods and services at the lowest possible price or, more generally, to achieve the best value for money. Vigorous competition among suppliers helps governments realise this objective.
In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on consumer data rights and their impact on competition, in a period where many jurisdictions are adopting new data rights for customers, and the role of competition advocacy and enforcement is tested in an ever evolving connected world.
In June 2020, the OECD will hold a Roundtable on start-ups, killer acquisitions and merger control to look at theories of harm in the acquisition of nascent firms, how to identify the relevant counterfactual, and how to assess the competitive effects of such mergers. It will also consider the case for broader policy reforms to help improve decision-making in these cases.
In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on the conglomerate effects of mergers which have taken on new prominence in the digital era. This discussion will focus on how to assess the potential harm to competition from conglomerate mergers, and how to overcome practical challenges associated with investigating conglomerate theories of harm.
In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies. The roundtable will examine different types of criminal sanctions imposed against firms and individuals, the different approaches to investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, and the role of leniency programmes and co-operation between competition agencies and prosecution authorities.
In June 2020, the OECD held a hearing on Competition and line of business restrictions, to look at how effective structural and behavioural restrictions such as non-discrimination have been, and to understand the case for such restrictive regulations in relation to self-preferencing by digital platforms.
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting competition in markets more than ever. This page groups responses that can help guide the actions of governments and competition authorities in today's challenging times.
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This note identifies some of the criteria that competition authorities may consider when assessing co-operation between competitors in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and presents solutions to some of the challenges raised by their analysis. Some potential issues are highlighted to prompt further discussion.
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This note analyses the role of competition agencies facing high prices caused by the Covid-19 crisis. It discusses the circumstances under which competition enforcement may be justified, how to overcome the difficulties that competition authorities pursuing such a course are likely to face, and available regulatory alternatives to address high prices during a pandemic.
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One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is the risk that many firms will find themselves in financial distress and forced to exit the market or merge. This note focuses on competition issues relating to merger control.