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Governments are increasingly assessing the effects of their policies and effectiveness of public institutions, and competition agencies are no exception. This factsheet was elaborated to help competition agencies advocate their work. It contains evidence on the links between competition and macro-economic outcomes.
Competition delegates discussed in June 2014 the financing of roll-out of broadband networks and examined alternative ways in which governments are ensuring the deployment of the infrastructure necessary to ensure high speed broadband access across their territory. Read more about the discussion.
Marker systems will be discussed for the first time at the OECD in December 2014. This roundtable will be an open discussion on the purpose of marker systems, the benefits of such systems for enforcement agencies and for leniency applicants, and their principal components. Read more
Following previous work on concessions and procurement, this hearing that we will have in December 2014 will focus on auction and tender design and implementation to ensure an efficient outcome, including the appropriate incentives for concession holders to provide high quality and cost-efficient services and to invest in the assets. Read more
Each year, the Competition Committee holds several Best Practice Roundtables. This list contains links to the proceedings from these roundtables from 1995 to the present date.
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.
OECD-GVH Regional Centre for Competition in Budapest website
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...
The Toolkit helps governments to eliminate barriers to competition by providing a method for identifying unnecessary restraints on market activities and developing alternative, less restrictive measures that still achieve government policy objectives.