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Update: Spain

September 7th, 2015

The Spanish Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) has released a report on the wholesale market for road fuels in Spain. The report proposes the adoption of regulatory measures to improve effective competition in the sector and enhance consumer welfare in Spain. The report analyses the main factors limiting effective competition in the automotive road fuel market in Spain. In particular, the report focuses on the wholesale market, which has not been object of a recent in-depth analysis from a competition perspective, and where the lack of dynamism could limit both competition between retail operators downstream and the effect of any regulatory measure introduced at the retail level.

The analysis has revealed the persistence of numerous barriers to entry and expansion in the wholesale market, which limits the effective competition on the market and results in high prices for consumers. These barriers mainly derived from the high concentration of the market and the vertical integration of the three operators with refining capacity in Spain. The analysis also suggests that imports do not generate a significant competitive constraint on the market. To remedy this situation, the CNMC makes a series of recommendations whose objective is to offset the significant market power held by the operators with refining capacity in Spain and to achieve a greater degree of effective competition in the market.

Please, find the link to the English version of the report here.

Update: ICN Working Groups

August 12th, 2015

Check out the 2015-2018 work plans for the ICN Working Groups:

Advocacy: 2015-18 Work Plan

Agency Effectiveness: 2015-18 Work Plan

Cartel: 2015-18 Work Plan

Merger: 2015-18 Work Plan

Unilateral Conduct: 2015-18 Work Plan

Update: UK

August 6th, 2015

The UK government has prepared a non-binding ministerial statement of strategic priorities for the Competition and Markets Authority outlining the government’s aims for the CMA. The so-called “steer” provides a statement of how the government sees competition fitting with its wider objectives for the economy. The steer is currently up for consultation.

Competition Advocacy

July 12th, 2015

In June, the World Bank celebrated the award-winning stories from the 2014-2015 Competition Advocacy Contest organized by the World Bank Group in collaboration with the International Competition Network (ICN). 

Check out the winners here.

Update: Hungary

July 7th, 2015

The Hungarian GVH recently used an improved methodology to quantify the benefits of its activities. Read about it here.

The Portuguese Competition Authority will host the IV Lisbon Conference on 22-23 October 2015. The program of the conference includes panels on leniency and other means of detecting cartels, restrictions by object and by effect, public procurement, and innovative technologies and business models. The IV Lisbon Conference will also examine common issues for competition authorities from Portuguese speaking countries.

For more information and pre-registration: http://www.concorrencia.pt/LisbonConference2015/

Did you know? Singapore

May 27th, 2015

Among its many educational resources, the Competition Commission of Singapore offers an online e-learning module about Singapore’s Competition Act titled “Competing on Merit.”

Did You Know? Sweden

May 19th, 2015

The Swedish Competition Authority is the supervisory body for public procurement in Sweden. It offers extensive online resources that include the fundamental principles for public procurement and common features of public procurement.

The sharing economy: US

May 13th, 2015

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop on June 9 to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop will examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in the sharing economy to promote more informed analysis of its competitive dynamics as well as benefits and risks to consumers.The workshop will be webcast.

For more information click here.

Compliance – Japan

May 9th, 2015

Read the JFTC’s press release about Compliance Efforts of Japanese Companies for Foreign Competition Laws.