OECD inventory of international co-operation agreements on competition


‌‌‌International co-operation in competition law enforcement is at the core of the OECD competition-related work.

As part of this work, the OECD Competition Committee has put together an inventory of international co-operation agreements. The inventory focuses on 15 bilateral comprehensive government-to-government co-operation agreements where at least one of the signatories is an OECD country. The inventory lists options which would be useful for the negotiation or interpretation of co-operation agreements. It is divided by several sections according to items usually dealt by them (e.g. purpose, definitions, transparency, notifications, comity, etc.) and also includes mentions to agency-to-agency memoranda of understanding and regional frameworks.

Each section of the inventory is presented separately , along with the relevant provision of the 2014 OECD Recommendation concerning International Co-operation on Competition Investigations and Proceedings and a list of the relevant clauses out of the 15 bilateral co-operation agreements.

Where appropriate, the list of relevant clauses includes provisions out of five second generation agreements (i.e. agreements with provisions enabling the exchange of confidential information under certain circumstances, without seeking prior consent from the source of the information), as well as two special co-operation agreements on positive comity. 



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List of co-operation agreements included in the inventory
Provisions on purpose
Provisions on definitions
Provisions on transparency
Provisions on notifications
Provisions on enforcement co-operation and investigative assistance
Provisions on the exchange of information
Provisions on the co-ordination of investigations and proceedings
Provisions on negative comity
Provisions on positive comity
Provisions on consultation
Provisions on regular meetings
Provisions on confidentiality
Provisions on existing law
Provisions on communication
Inventory of MOUs between competition agencies

Regional co-operation agreements


OECD/ICN Report on International Co-operation in Competition Enforcement (2021)

OECD inventory of international co-operation agreements between competition agencies (MoUs) (2017)

Recommendation on International Co-operation concerning Competition Investigations and Proceedings (2014)

Challenges of international co-operation in competition law enforcement (2014)

OECD/ICN Survey on International Co-operation (2013)

International co-operation in competition enforcement

International Co-operation Home Page

Recommendations and Best Practices on Competition Law and Policy

All Competition Policy Roundtables

Competition Home Page


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