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 was 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
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.