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Good competition laws require well-designed institutions to apply them. Given recent trends in changes in institutional design of competition authorities, the Competition Committee will be holding a roundtable in December 2014 to learn more from countries experiences.
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
Intellectual Property and Standard Setting can raise particular competition challenges. The Competition Committee gathered experts to debate the issue in December 2014. See all materials available.
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
The Romanian government and the OECD are working together to assess the costs and benefits of regulations restricting competition in the food processing, transport and construction sectors and to propose specific recommendations for change.
Governments everywhere are increasingly interested in assessing the effects of their policies and the effectiveness of public institutions. Competition policy is no exception. Competition agencies affect the economy by taking decisions on cases under competition law. With their governments, they can influence market competition in the economy more widely through policy interventions.
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.