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  • 7-June-2019

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    Vertical mergers in the technology, media and telecom sector

    In June 2019, the OECD Competition Committee will discuss how competition authorities can effectively use merger control to reduce the risk of competition harm posed by potentially problematic vertical mergers, without compromising the many efficiencies typically associated with vertical integration.

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  • 5-June-2019

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    Competition concerns in labour markets

    A recent fall in the labour share of income has helped fuel rising inequality and populist demand for dramatic reform of competition law and stirred a debate in the competition community on monopsony and labour market power retained by employers. In June 2019 the OECD will hold a hearing on this topic.

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  • 4-June-2019

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    The standard of review by courts in competition cases

    The OECD will hold a roundtable in June 2019 to examine the review of enforcement decisions and investigation steps by courts in relation to competition law, and will refer to methods ensuring that courts have access to expertise in competition law and economics.

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  • 3-June-2019

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    Publicly funded education markets

    Education services are fundamental for economic and social well-being. They not only directly boost public sector productivity, but also the productivity of workers across the economy by improving their skills, increasing their capacity to add value, and giving them the ability to adapt to new ways of working. In June 2019, the OECD will hold a roundtable discussion on publicly funded education markets.

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  • 28-February-2019

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    Workshop on Competition in Publicly Funded Markets

    Paris, 28 February 2018: This workshop on publicly funded services will provide competition officials with an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned as well as the different approaches used in these types of markets. More information available here.

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  • 27-February-2019

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    OECD Competition Open Day 2019

    27 February 2019 - Discussions at the inaugural OECD Competition Open Day will address: non-price competition in digital markets, vertical restraints and exclusionary practices in e-commerce, excessive prices in pharmaceutical markets, and gun jumping and pre-closing exchanges of information.

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  • 26-February-2019

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    Workshop on Recent Challenges in Competition and IP in Pharmaceutical Markets

    Paris, 28 February 2018: This workshop on competition and IP in pharmaceutical markets will provide competition officials with an opportunity to investigate the impact and role that IP rights play in the sector while sharing experiences on how to address anticompetitive practices. More information available here.

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  • 30-January-2019

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    The divestiture of assets as a competition remedy: Stocktaking of international experiences

    The divestiture of assets as a competition remedy: Stocktaking of international experiences

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  • 18-January-2019

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    Fostering competition in Tunisia

    In co-operation with Tunisia, the OECD is conducting a review of laws and regulations in the freight transport and the retail and wholesale trade sectors.

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  • 21-December-2018

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    OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Portugal - Volume II - Self-Regulated Professions

    Portugal’s services markets are among the most heavily regulated in the OECD. As vital inputs into the business sector, services provided by professionals, such as lawyers and engineers, generate up to 1.8 times their value in outputs by firms that use them. However, structural flaws in the regulation make professional services highly expensive for firms, diminishing their ability to compete effectively. Regulatory restrictions also hamper innovation and efficiency within the professions. Against this backdrop, this report examines regulations for 13 self-regulated professions (lawyers, solicitors, notaries, bailiffs, architects, engineers, technical engineers, certified accountants, auditors, economists, customs brokers, nutritionists and pharmacists). From 923 pieces of legislation analysed, the report makes 348 individual recommendations for amending or removing provisions to improve competition, and makes a detailed inventory of the analysis underlying the work. Analysis of Portuguese legislation and professions was complemented by research into international experiences and wide consultations with stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The OECD recommendations aim to remove or modify overly restrictive provisions in order to facilitate the access or exercise of the professions, to benefit businesses and consumers alike. This report identifies the sources of those benefits and gives estimates of their impact. Provided all recommendations are fully implemented, the benefit to the economy from lifting the barriers in the 13 liberal professions is estimated at around EUR 130 million a year.
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