27/11/2013 - An 11-month investigation by the OECD in cooperation with the Greek authorities has identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition.
In its report into Greece’s food processing, retail trade, building materials and tourism sectors, the OECD identified 555 regulatory restrictions which it says, if lifted, would have major benefits for the Greek economy, not least through lower prices.
The Competition Assessment Review of Greece makes more than 320 recommendations on legal provisions that should be amended or repealed.
The report says the Greek authorities have taken important steps in recent years to reinforce competition law, strengthen the Hellenic Competition Commission and liberalise professional services.
A competition assessment “toolkit”, developed by the OECD, was used to structure the analysis. It provides a checklist that guides the assessment of laws and regulations to identify crucial restrictions to competition.
The report argues implementation of the report’s recommendations would lead to substantial benefits for Greek consumers, and help remove barriers to growth. It estimates the benefit to the Greek economy would be around EUR 5.2 billion – the equivalent of 2.5% of GDP - due to increased purchasing power for consumers and efficiency gains for companies.
Implementing the recommendations would have an even wider impact over time, the report says. OECD studies demonstrate that the removal of barriers to competition in a number of markets across the wider economy will lead to increased productivity and hence stronger economic growth and job creation.
The main findings include:
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