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  • 30-April-2020

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • 4-December-2019

    English

    Barriers to exit in competition

    In December 2019, the OECD held a roundtable to discuss what barriers to exit are; how they affect allocative efficiency, and what their impact on competition is. It also discussed how authorities consider barriers to exit in their enforcement and advocacy work and explore cases where barriers to exit were an important consideration to the case.

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  • 4-December-2019

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    Hub-and-spoke arrangements in competition

    Hub and spoke arrangements are horizontal competition restraints on the supplier or retailer level (spokes), which are implemented through vertically related players that serve as a common “hub”. The OECD discussed this topic in December 2019.

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  • 2-December-2019

    English

    Access to the case file and protection of confidential information

    Providing access to the file and to the evidence to be used in court protects the parties’ rights of defence and promotes transparency and the rule of law. How access is granted varies across jurisdictions. The roundtable in December 2019 examined different types of rules and modes of access to the file and different approaches to protecting confidential information.

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  • 2-December-2019

    English

    Independent sector regulators and competition

    Independent regulators are those that operate autonomously and with no undue influence from political forces or private entities. In December, the OECD held a roundtable discussion to explore these issues. All related materials for the discussion are available on this page.

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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 discussed 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

    English

    Competition issues in labour markets

    A fall in the labour share of income 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 held a hearing discussion on this topic. The topic was explored again during the 2020 OECD Competition Open Day on 26 February 2020.

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  • 5-June-2019

    English

    Digital disruption in financial markets

    The financial sector has been the object of many innovations in recent years, with significant impact on consumers and on regulation. In June 2019, the OECD discused to what degree digital disruption from FinTech and BigTech could impair financial market stability and thus, whether players in these markets need a different type of regulatory oversight. The topic will again be explored during the 2020 Competition Open Day.

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