Defining the geographic scope of a market can be a challenging process for competition agencies. In November 2016, the OECD held a roundtable to identify challenges faced by agencies when delineating markets that may have national or broader borders, and discussed how those challenges are being overcome.
Governments can affect the way markets function, sometimes to the detriment of free competition. Ensuring a level playing field is therefore essential to allow competition to work properly. This page gathers the work of the OECD Competition Committee throughout the years on the challenges arising from state interventions in the market and what competition authorities can do to address the distortions that they can create.
Globalisation has failed to create a level playing field in trade, investment and corporate behaviour, being one of the factors contributing to a backlash against openness in many countries and a decline in confidence in government institutions.
This newsletter contains information about work on competition law and policy in the Asia-Pacific region that is taking place within the framework of the OECD-Korea Policy Centre Competition Programme.
Globalisation, the increasing significance of emerging economies, the borderless nature of the growing digital economy, and the proliferation of competition regimes have caused a significant increase in the complexity of cross-border competition law enforcement co-operation. The OECD and its Competition Committee take a leading role in shaping the framework for international co-operation among competition enforcement agencies.
Some regulated firms risk operating simultaneously in a non-competitive activity and a potentially competitive complementary activity. This Recommendation calls for carefully balancing the benefits and costs of structural measures against the benefits and costs of behavioural measures.
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Ce rapport analyse les expériences des pays de l'OCDE dans la mise en œuvre de la recommandation sur la séparation structurelle dans les secteurs réglementés et conclut que cela reste un remède pertinent pour faire avancer le processus de libéralisation du marché et que les domaines d'application peuvent inclure des industries verticalement intégrées où seules certaines activités sont soumises à des contraintes concurrentielles.
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This 2016 report analyses experiences of OECD countries in implementing the OECD recommendation on structural separation in regulated industries and concludes that structural separation remains a relevant remedy to advance the process of market liberalisation and that the areas of application can include vertically integrated industries where only some activities are subject to competitive constraints.
International co-operation in competition law enforcement is at the core of the OECD competition-related work. This inventory covers over 140 co-operation MoUs between competition agencies where at least one of the signatories is a competition authority of an OECD Member, Associate or Participant to the OECD Competition Committee, or the European Union.
The 2017 OECD-IDB Latin American Competition Forum takes place in Managua, Nicaragua, on 4-5 April 2017. Discussions will focus on cartels, merger control and addressing competition challenges in financial markets