International co-operation between competition authorities has been at the core of the OECD agenda for many years. On 16 September 2014 the OECD Council adopted the Recommendation on International Enforcement Co-operation in Competition Investigations and Proceedings. The Recommendation represents a cornerstone for the creation of an effective international co-operation system between competition enforcers.
In December 2021, the OECD held a roundtable on news media and digital platforms, looking at the use and monetisation of news content, and the collection and use of users’ data, as well as digital platforms’ impact on news consumption and on incentives to amplify viral content, considering whether these issues can be addressed through competition law.
In December 2021, the OECD held a roundtable on ex-ante regulation and competition in digital markets, to address issues related to ex-ante regulation: data privacy, consumer protection, the role of fairness, innovation, and economic concentration, and their trade-offs with competition.
In December 2021, the OECD held a roundtable on environmental considerations in competition enforcement, exploring how competition authorities can integrate economic and non-economic environmental effects into competitive assessment and what legal and economic tools are suitable for such analysis.
The fight for gender equality is one of the defining challenges of our age. While progress has been made in many areas, the relationship between gender and competition policy remains largely unexplored. Gender inclusive competition policy is a project with the support of the Canadian government that aims to develop guidance for competition agencies in this area.
In June 2021, the OECD held a roundtable on the concept of potential competition. This roundtable looked at potential competition and the way that it is analysed. It explored the role of barriers to entry, the timeframe used, and the ways in which agencies assess the likelihood and strength of potential competition.
In June 2021, the OECD held a roundtable on competition compliance programmes, looking at the latest developments in how compliance programmes are considered by agencies when setting fines, resolving cases, drivers for these decisions, advocacy efforts to promote effective compliance programmes in the private sector, the relationship between competition compliance programmes and compliance programmes in other regulatory fields.
In June 2021, Working Party 2 of the OECD held a roundtable on the relationship between regulation and competition enforcement, which explored how competition enforcement interacts with possible regulatory alternatives. This page contains all related materials.
In December 2020, the OECD heard from a range of experts on how competition between ecosystems works; the economics of ecosystems; what are their potential benefits and concerns for competition and what are the consequences for enforcement of competition law from the proliferation of ecosystems. The topic will be then again discussed during the 2021 Competition Open Day. This page contains all related materials.
The 2020 Global Forum on Competition discussed the main types of abuse of dominance concerns that can emerge in digital markets.