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  • 10-June-2020

    English

    Conglomerate effects of mergers

    In June 2020, the OECD held a roundtable on the conglomerate effects of mergers which have taken on new prominence in the digital era. This discussion focused on how to assess the potential harm to competition from conglomerate mergers, and how to overcome practical challenges associated with investigating conglomerate theories of harm.

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  • 9-June-2020

    English

    Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies

    In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies. The roundtable will examine different types of criminal sanctions imposed against firms and individuals, the different approaches to investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, and the role of leniency programmes and co-operation between competition agencies and prosecution authorities.

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  • 8-June-2020

    English

    COVID-19 Responses: Shaping government interventions for a faster and more resilient economic recovery

    8 June 2020 - The COVID-19 health crisis is unfolding into an unprecedented global economic crisis. Rescue packages need to be very carefully designed to safeguard a healthy corporate and competitive environment and ensure a proper allocation of risks and returns. Lessons learnt from prior crises can contribute to a faster recovery and build a more resilient and sustainable economy.

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  • 8-June-2020

    English

    Line of business restrictions as a solution to competition concerns

    In June 2020, the OECD held a hearing on Competition and line of business restrictions, to look at how effective structural and behavioural restrictions such as non-discrimination have been, and to understand the case for such restrictive regulations in relation to self-preferencing by digital platforms.

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  • 26-May-2020

    English, PDF, 532kb

    Co-operation between competitors in the time of COVID-19

    This note identifies some of the criteria that competition authorities may consider when assessing co-operation between competitors in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and presents solutions to some of the challenges raised by their analysis. Some potential issues are highlighted to prompt further discussion.

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  • 26-May-2020

    English, PDF, 702kb

    Exploitative pricing in the time of COVID-19

    This note analyses the role of competition agencies facing high prices caused by the Covid-19 crisis. It discusses the circumstances under which competition enforcement may be justified, how to overcome the difficulties that competition authorities pursuing such a course are likely to face, and available regulatory alternatives to address high prices during a pandemic.

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  • 25-May-2020

    English, PDF, 501kb

    Merger control in the time of COVID-19

    One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is the risk that many firms will find themselves in financial distress and forced to exit the market or merge. This note focuses on competition issues relating to merger control.

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  • 30-April-2020

    English, PDF, 332kb

    COVID-19: Competition policy actions for governments and competition authorities

    This policy note outlines actions that governments and competition authorities can consider to help address the immediate challenges raised by the crisis whilst looking to the post-pandemic future.

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  • 30-April-2020

    English, PDF, 391kb

    COVID-19: Competition and emergency procurement

    This notes examines the conditions when direct awards may be necessary for emergency reasons and provides guidance for procurement and competition authorities for when departing from competitive tenders may be justified.

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  • 30-April-2020

    English, PDF, 344kb

    COVID-19: Managing operational challenges and enforcement risks for competition authorities

    This note looks at the operational challenges and enforcement risks for competition authorities arising from the crisis and the confinement measures and provides some guidance to authorities.

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