Liberalisation and competition intervention in regulated sectors

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View our recent roundtable releases on Waste Management Services, Transaction of Merger Control Review, Road Fuel, Rail Transportation Services and Quality in Competition Analysis.
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Romania's competition system underwent a peer review at the 2014 Global Forum on Competition. This report is being released at a launch event in Bucharest on 8 April 2014.
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27-28 February 2014, Paris: Discussions focused on the fight against corruption, competition in the distribution of pharmaceuticals and Romania's peer review of competition law and policy.
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Why does competition matter in regulated sectors?

Competition is about increasing choice and efficiency to benefit consumers and make the economy more productive.  This also applies to sectors which in many countries have been liberalised (such as electricity, water, railways and telecoms),  which are subject to regulation (banking and other financial services) or where the government plays an important role (healthcare, education and local public services).

 

These sectors can raise complex policy challenges, for example:

  • How to make sure that the behaviour of previous monopolist firms does not stifle competition in recently liberalised sectors?

  • Is there a conflict between introducing competition and security of supply in the energy sector?

  • What is the best way to ensure that consumers receive fair treatment when buying complex financial products – without limiting competition between providers?

  • How should enforcers deal with digital markets  as more and more consumers buy products and services online, listen to music and surf the Internet using mobile devices?

See also:

Recommendation on Competition Assessment

Recommendation on Structural Separation in Regulated Industries

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BEST PRACTICE ROUNDTABLES ON COMPETITION LAW AND POLICY

Latest discussions on Regulated Sectors


Generic pharmaceuticals and competition (2014)

 

Airline Competition (2014)

Competition Issues in the Distribution of Pharmaceuticals (2014)

Competition in Financial Consumer Protection (2014) 

Recent Developments in Rail Transportation Services 2013 (pdf)

Competition in Road Fuel, 2013 (pdf)

Role and Measurement of Quality in Competition Analysis, 2013 (pdf)

Competition Issues in Television and Broadcasting, 2013

Methods for Allocating Contracts for the Provision of Regional and Local Transportation Services, 2013 (pdf)

Competition and Commodity Price Volatility, 2012 (pdf)

The Digital Economy, 2012 (pdf)


List of all roundtable releases on Regulated Sectors

 

The OECD competition work in regulated sectors

The Competition Committee’s work in this area focuses on improving economic regulation and proposing the appropriate policies for competition to deliver more benefits for consumers and growth.  The Best Practice Roundtables identify key issues in each sector and present the latest developments to address those problems.  Many roundtable reports are also a valuable resource for advocating policy reform in a sector, for example by surveying regulations and policies in different countries. They also cover cross-cutting thematic issues, such as the role of behavioural economics in competition policy and price volatility in the case of commodities.

In addition, the OECD on occasion works with member countries to promote reform and foster its competitiveness, most recently in Mexico. Sectoral reports cover the pharmaceutical industry, banking, transportation and telecommunications.


For further information on the OECD work related to liberalisation and interventions in regulated sectors, please contact us at DAFCOMPContact@oecd.org.
 

‌‌‌Competition ‌Assessment Toolkit: Helping governments eliminate barriers to competition

The OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit was designed to help governments eliminate barriers to competition through a method that identifies unnecessary restraints on market activities and develops alternative, less restrictive measures that still achieve government policy objectives. 

Mexico: Strengthening  the competition and regulation framework

Read how Mexico is using the toolkit to improve its competitiveness. More...

Competitive Neutrality

State-owned and private businesses must compete on a equal level playing field. This is essential to achieve growth and development. More on Competition division's work on Competitive Neutrality.

 

  

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