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Issue 14 - February 2020
This issue focuses on the financial sector, presents Ukraine’s competition authority and summarises the OECD meetings held in December 2019. The following articles are also included:
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities from January-May 2019, summaries of the OECD meetings held in June 2019 and the following articles: The AMCU’s Competition Enforcement and Advocacy Activities in the Ukrainian Pharmaceutical Markets, Competition Enforcement in the Pharmaceutical Sector: The Case for Turkey in Light of the Turkish Pharmaceutical Sector Report, Pharma Antitrust Enforcement in Italy, Compliance With Antitrust Laws in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Restrictions By State Bodies – Are Recommendations Really a Useful Tool? The Case of the Parallel Import of Drugs in Georgia, Market Definition in the Pharmaceutical Sector: The Experience of the Serbian Merger Control, Eurasian Economic Commission - Supranational Antitrust Regulator and Literature Digest - Selection of interesting articles by OECD Pedro Caro de Sousa.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], Report on the OECD November 2018 Competition Meetings [Topics included: Publicly Funded Healthcare Markets, Treatment of Privileged Information in Competition Cases, Suspensory Effects of Merger Notifications and Gun Jumping, Peer Review of Brazil,Personalised Pricing in the Digital Era, Quality Considerations in the Zero-price Economy, Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceutical Markets, Competition and Fair Societies, Session on the Relation between Gender and Competition, Benefits and Challenges of Regional Agreements, Authorities’ Investigative Powers in Practice and Competition Law and State-Owned Enterprises]. See also: Roundtables page
Other articles: Fight Against Corruption and Competition Law – The Serbian Experience, The “Car Wash” Investigations in Brazil: Inception, Scope, and Implications for Competition Enforcement, Experience of €14,000, Albanian Case in a Bid Rigging Procurement Procedure – Fight Against Corruption, Double Blow to National, Economic and Legal Design of the Unfair Competition Act, Competition Rules in the Eurasian Economic Union; Literature Digest - Selection of interesting articles by OECD Pedro Caro de Sousa.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], Report on the OECD June 2018 Competition Meetings [Topics included: Taxi and Ride-Hailing Markets, Co-operation and Enforcement, leniency programmes, designing and testing effective consumer-facing remedies, E-commerce and Competition, Non-price Effects of Mergers, Market Concentration, Blockchain and Competition ].See also: Roundtables page.
Other articles: OECD discussions on Digitalisation, Algorithms 101 (Romania), Competition Dilemmas in the Digital Age: Bricks or Clicks (Croatia), Competition Restraints in Online Markets: The Case for Turkey, Specific Aspects of Establishing a Dominant Position in the Digital Economy (Russia), Competition Advocacy Experience of the Albanian Competition Authority (Albania), Development of Competition as a Priority of State Economic Policy in Russia, Implementation of the Competition Chapter of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement – the Continued Progress (Georgia), Questions Regarding the Interpretation and/or Application of Competition and State Aid Law in the area of energy? – The Energy Community Secretariat Will Help!; Literature Digest - Selection of interesting articles by OECD Pedro Caro de Sousa
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], Report on the OECD December 2018 Competition Meetings [Topics included: Financial Crisis, Extraterritorial Reach of Remedies, Safe Harbours, Common-ownership, Competition and Democracy, Judicial Perspectives in Competition Law and Challenges faced by Small and Developing Agencies].See also: Roundtables page.
Other articles: Antitrust Remedies - What do we try to achieve, and how? (EU), Smart Remedies in Abuse of Dominance Cases (Brazil), Mobile Phones Dominating not only Our Lives, but also Competition! (Albania), Consumers First: the Latest Copyright Related Case of the Hungarian Competition Authority (Hungary), Remedies Issued by the Turkish Competition Authority in Abuse of Dominance Cases (Turkey), Literature Digest - Selection of interesting articles by OECD Pedro Caro de Sousa.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], Report on the OECD June 2017 Competition Meetings [Topics included: Innovation in the electricity sector, Methodologies for conducting market studies, Aftermarkets, Rethinking the use of traditional tools in multi-sided markets, Algorithms and collusion [See also: Roundtables page].
Other articles: Requests for Information – Facilitating Exchange and Co-operation Between the OECD-GVH Regional Centre for Competition in Budapest’s Beneficiaries by OECD Sabine Zigeslki, Barking Up the Right Tree: Selecting and Prioritising Sectors for Market Studies by OECD James Mancini, Methodology for Conducting Market Studies by the Spanish Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC), Specific Features of Digital Product Market Analysis by FAS Russia, Experience of the Hungarian Competition Authority Relating to Market Studies by the Hungarian Competition Authority, Passenger Air Transportation Market of Georgia, Literature Digest - Selection of interesting articles by OECD Pedro Caro de Sousa.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], Report on the OECD November 2016 Competition Meetings [Topics included: Innovation in land transport, Competition assessment: using empirical evidence, Geographic market definition, Agency decision making in merger cases, Big data, Price Discrimination, Review of policy recommendations to Ukraine by OECD and other International Organisations [See also: Roundtables page]. Report on the Dec 2016 OECD Global Forum on Competition [Topics: Promoting competition; Promoting human rights, The role of market studies as a tool to promote competition, Independence of competition authorities, Sanctions in antitrust cases].
Other articles: Whistle-blower Hotline (BKMS system) by Germany, Cartel detection and the smart use of procurement data for this purpose in Hungary, Traditional and innovative methods for the detection of cartels in public procurement and tenders as practiced in Russia, Proactive screening by the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), The Aggregate Index of Competitive Pressure by the Romanian Competition Council, CADE’s Experience on the Development of Economic Filters for Detecting Cartels (Brazil), Influence of Market Information Systems on Competition: Experience of Ukraine
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC centre's activities (including several seminars and judge trainings) [See also: Calendar of Activities], OECD June 2016 Competition Meetings - Topics included: Disruptive Innovations in Legal Services, Public Interest Considerations in Merger Control, Jurisdictional Thresholds and Local Nexus in Merger Control, Fidelity rebates and Commitment Decisions in Antitrust Cases [See also: Roundtables page]. Other articles: Basic Building Blocks of Competition Policy Support Competitiveness in South East Europe, A Tried and Tested Way of Informal Co-operation Among Competition Authorities, Antimonopoly Regulation of Vertical Agreements in Russian Legislation, Dawn raids: Experience of the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition, Fostering Interaction: Competition Creates More Efficient Public Procurement Markets, The Correlation of Bid Rigging and Corruption in Public Procurement Tenders in Hungarian Competition Law Practice.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities and 2016 programme presentation; Summary of OECD competition meetings held in October 2015 and Global Forum on Competition [Topics included: Cross platform parity agreements, Disruptive innovation in financial markets, Cartels involving intermediate goods, Does competition kill or create jobs? The links and drivers between competition and employement, The impact of disruptive innovations on competition law enforcement, Serial offenders: Why do some industries seem prone to endemic collusion?]; Articles: Nordic Competition Authorities and co-operation; Sofia Competition Forum – a response to the need for closer co-operation between competition authorities in the Balkan region; the role of competition authorities in the economic recovery; experience is the teacher of all things Improving enforcement decisions through ex-post evaluation; foreclosure effects of a parallel network of contracts The case of the Hungarian beer market; FAS Russia authorised to regulate tariffs; and State Aid Register of the Republic of Moldova.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities; Summary of OECD competition meetings held in June 2015; 10th Anniversary of the RCC; An Introduction to the OECD Toolkit; Competition Assessment of Laws and Regulations in Greece; Overview of the Hungarian Competition Advocacy Regime; Approaches to Demonstrating that a Competition Agency is Good Value for Money and Promoting Pro-Competitive Reforms that Foster Growth and Reduce Inequality.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities; Summary of OECD competition meetings held in June and October 2014; Behavioural Merger Remedies and Small Economies; Aspects of Commitment Decision Policy in Antitrust in Croatian; GVH Accepts MOL’s Proposal on Diesel Pricing;
Structural and Behavioural Commitments in Merger and Antitrust Proceedings.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities; meeting reports; OECD work on International Co-operation; OECD Review of Competition Law and Policy in Romania; New Developments Concerning Buyer Power - A Common European Approach towards Unfair Trading Practices Legislation?; Application of the Leniency Institute in the Republic of Serbia; Main Features of Antimonopoly Regulation; Control in the Electricity Sector in the Russian Federation.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities; meeting reports; Competition and Quality; Cartel Detection Methods in Hungary; Pay-For-Delay Deals; Serbian Law on Protection of Competition; Leniency Programme for Participation in Anticompetitive concerted actions in Ukraine; Monitoring in the Banking Sector in Kosovo; Competition Law and Policy in Montenegro.
In this issue: OECD-GVH RCC Centre activities; meeting reports; National Health Insurance Fund Act Restricts Competition in the Retail Market of Reimbursable Drugs in Bulgaria; Croatian Competition Enforcement Challenges; The Development of the Leniency Programme in Hungary; Antitrust Regulation in the Field of Intellectual Property.