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COMPETITION POLICY: DOCUMENTS

Documents of the Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy (WGTCP)

This page provides access to the various documents of the Working Group and lists of the main documents of the Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy (WGTCP).

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Selected notes, papers and studies prepared for the Working Group on the Interaction between Trade and Competition Policy by the WTO Secretariat:

- a Synthesis Paper on the Relationship of Trade and Competition Policy to Development and Economic Growth WT/WGTCP/W/80;

- a Background Note on the Fundamental WTO Principles of National Treatment, Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment and Transparency (WT/WGTCP/W/114);

- a Background Note on the Fundamental Principles of Competition Policy (WT/WGTCP/W/127);

- an Overview of WTO Members' National Competition Legislation (WT/WGTCP/W/128/Rev.3);

- a Note on Exceptions, Exemptions and Exclusions contained in WTO Members' National Competition Legislation (WT/WGTCP/W/172);

- an Information Note on the Impact of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions on Domestic Companies, particularly Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (WT/WGTCP/W/180);

- a Background Note on Support for Progressive Reinforcement of Competition Institutions in Developing Countries through Capacity Building (WT/WGTCP/W/182);

- a Background Note on Provisions on Hardcore Cartels (WT/WGTCP/W/191);

- a Background Note on Modalities for Voluntary Cooperation (WT/WGTCP/W/192);

- a Background Note on Core Principles, Including Transparency, Non-Discrimination and Procedural Fairness (WT/WGTCP/W/209);

- a Study on Issues Relating to a Possible Multilateral Framework (WT/WGTCP/W/228 Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4;) prepared by an independent consultant in 2003, and involving:

  • the examination of issues concerning the relationship between competition policy as it relates to trade and industrial policy;
  • the examination of issues and compilation of available empirical data relevant to the resource implications of adopting and effectively implementing a multilateral framework on competition policy, including provisions relating to hardcore cartels, transparency, procedural fairness and responding to requests for voluntary cooperation;
  • the examination of the impact of competition law and policy in tackling anti-competitive practices of firms in a developing country setting;

- a Report on Secretariat Technical Assistance Activities Pursuant to Paragraph 24 of the Doha Ministerial Declaration (WT/WGTCP/W/230); and

- a Background Note on Provisions on Procedural Fairness in Existing WTO Agreements (WT/WGTCP/W/231); and
  

- the numerous submissions by WTO Members and by international organizations dealing with international competition policy issues.

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