In November 2020, the OECD held a roundtable on Digital Advertising Markets to better understand how they work, assess the state of competition in them and identify what regulatory responses are being considered to address competition concerns. This page contains all related materials.
In June 2020, the OECD held a roundtable on consumer data rights and their impact on competition, in a period where many jurisdictions were adopting new data rights for customers, and the role of competition advocacy and enforcement was tested in an ever evolving connected world.
In June 2020, the OECD held a Roundtable on start-ups, killer acquisitions and merger control to look at theories of harm in the acquisition of nascent firms, how to identify the relevant counterfactual, and how to assess the competitive effects of such mergers. The topic was later adressed at the OECD Competition Open Day on 24 February 2021.
In June 2020, the OECD held a roundtable on the conglomerate effects of mergers which have taken on new prominence in the digital era. This discussion focused on how to assess the potential harm to competition from conglomerate mergers, and how to overcome practical challenges associated with investigating conglomerate theories of harm.
In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies. The roundtable will examine different types of criminal sanctions imposed against firms and individuals, the different approaches to investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, and the role of leniency programmes and co-operation between competition agencies and prosecution authorities.
In June 2020, the OECD held a hearing on Competition and line of business restrictions, to look at how effective structural and behavioural restrictions such as non-discrimination have been, and to understand the case for such restrictive regulations in relation to self-preferencing by digital platforms.
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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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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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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.
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.