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  • 21-December-2018

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    OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Portugal - Volume I - Inland and Maritime Transports and Ports

    Portugal’s services markets remain among the most heavily regulated in the OECD. Inland and maritime transports in Portugal are a vital part of the business environment, ensuring the movement of goods and passengers and inputs for the business sector. Regulatory restrictions limit the ability of firms to effectively compete in the markets, whether as providers or customers, while hampering innovation, efficiency and productivity. Against this backdrop, this report analyses Portuguese regulations for road, railway and maritime transport, and many ancillary services (such as vehicle inspection centres), as well as Portugal’s ports. The report examines 1 064 pieces of legislation and makes 417 individual recommendations for amending or removing restrictive provisions to improve competition, and makes a detailed inventory of the analysis underlying the work. Analysis of Portuguese legislation was complemented by research into international experiences and wide consultations with public and private sector stakeholders. The OECD recommendations aim to remove or modify the provisions to benefit businesses and consumers alike. This report identifies the sources of those benefits and gives estimates of their impact. Provided all recommendations are fully implemented, the benefit to the economy from lifting the barriers in the land and maritime transport sectors is estimated to be around EUR 250 million a year.
  • 6-December-2018

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    OECD-BWB Workshop on Complex Cartel Case Management

    Vienna, 6-7 December 2018: An OECD Workshop for Competition Officials in co-operation with the Austrian competition authority, BWB, will be held on "Complex Cartel Case Management". Participation by invitation only.

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  • 30-November-2018

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    Investigative powers in practice

    The 2018 Global Forum on Competition discussed practical issues regarding the use of competition authorities' investigative powers notably unnannounced inspections, requests for information and due process.

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  • 30-November-2018

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    Competition law and state-owned enterprises

    The 2018 Global Forum on Competition looked at investigations into anticompetitive mergers, agreements and conduct by state-owned enterprises as well as challenges in enforcement of competition law.

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  • 29-November-2018

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    Gender and competition

    The 2018 Global Forum on Competition explored whether a gender lens might in fact help deliver a more objective competition policy by identifying additional relevant features of the market, and of the behaviour of consumers and firms.

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  • 29-November-2018

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    Benefits and challenges of regional competition agreements

    Debates at the 2018 Global Forum on Competition explored the potential benefits, obstacles and challenges of regional competition agreements and will draw an inventory of existing agreements.

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  • 29-November-2018

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    OECD Global Forum on Competition

    Paris, 29-30 November 2018: The 2018 Global Forum will focus on: competition and fairer societies; gender; regional competition agreements; investigative powers; and state-owned enterprises.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceuticals

    A number of competition enforcement actions against excessive pricing have taken place in the pharmaceutical sector, despite competition authorities usually being reluctant to intervene directly against high prices. In November 2018, the OECD held a discussion on the intersection of competition concerns with excessive prices and the interaction between competition and regulated sectors such as pharma.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Personalised Pricing in the Digital Era

    As data analytics and pricing algorithms become common business practice in the digital era, there are growing concerns about the possibility that companies use such tools to engage in personalised pricing. In November 2018, the OECD Consumer Protection and Competition committees jointly discussed challenges associated with the ambiguous and multi-dimensional effects of personalised pricing among other issues.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Quality considerations in the zero-price economy

    Zero-price products are not a new concept and over the course of a single day, most consumers will come into contact with at least one product that is offered to them at a price of zero. In the digital economy, however, new zero-price markets have arisen. In November 2018 the OECD held a discussion to study their own unique characteristics and challenges they may impose. This page contains all related materials.

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