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OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Greece
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  05 Mar 2014
Pages: 388 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264206083 , OECD Code: 242014011P1
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The work undertaken by the Greek authorities in recent years to reinforce competition law and the Hellenic Competition Commission, to simplify business administration and to liberalise professional services have demonstrated the political willingness to address the problem of existing regulatory barriers to competition that have contributed to holding back the economic recovery.

The OECD Competition Assessment Project, through the scrutiny of legislation in four sectors of the Greek economy, food processing, retail trade, building materials and tourism, has identified 336 areas where particular reform can be undertaken, from a total of 539 provisions that were selected using the OECD Competition Assessment Toolkit.

If our recommendations are implemented, benefits to consumers in Greece and to the Greek economy should arise in all four sectors. Throughout this report, we seek to identify the sources of those benefits and where possible provide quantitative estimates. Estimates are made on the basis of experiences of deregulation in other countries in some instances, or by relating conservative estimates of efficiency gains to the overall size of the business activity affected.


Table of contents:

Preface by HE Kostis Hatzidakis 13
Preface by Horst Reichenbach 15
Acronyms and abbreviations 17
Executive Summary 21
Assessment and recommendations 25
-The benefits of competition 26
-Key findings from the Competition Assessment project in Greece 29
-Main restrictions identified in the four sectors 31
-Recommendations and expected benefits 36
-Horizontal legislation with a bearing on the four sectors 39
-Recommendations for horizontal legislation 39
-Conclusion: Overall benefits from removing the regulatory barriers to competition in Greece 40
-References 42
Chapter 1. Food processing 45
-1.1. Sector overview 46
-1.2. Milk and other dairy products 48
-1.3. Bakeries 59
-1.4. Code of Foodstuffs and beverages 65
-1.5. Packaging and other issues related to food processing 68
-1.6. Conclusions on the sector findings 72
-References 77
Chapter 2. Retail trade 79
-2.1. Sector overview 80
-2.2. Sunday trading 82
-2.3. Promotions, seasonal sales and discounts 86
-2.4. Over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements 94
-2.5. Pharmacies 107
-2.6. Street markets and outdoor traders 114
-2.7. Retail sale of fuel 117
-2.8. Books 120
-2.9. Maximum pricing, detergents and other issues related to retail trade 126
-2.10. Conclusions on the sector findings 132
-References 136
-Annex 2.A1. Sunday Trading 140
-Annex 2.A2. Over-the-counter medicines 146
Chapter 3. Building materials 151
-3.1. Sector overview 152
-3.2. Cement 154
-3.3. Mines and quarries 157
-3.4. Harmonised European standards for construction products 161
-3.5. Non-harmonised European standards for construction products 163
-3.6. Other restrictions in national legislation 167
-3.7. Conclusions on the sector findings 170
-References 174
Chapter 4. Tourism 175
-4.1. Sector overview 176
-4.2. The marina sector 179
-4.3. Cruises 182
-4.4. Recreational vessels 188
-4.5. Car rental with a driver 193
-4.6. Car rental activity minimum parking spaces 195
-4.7. Motorcycle rental activity background 196
-4.8. Tourist coach activity background 198
-4.9. Barriers to entry into the tourism sector 202
-4.10. Price approval and submission of price lists in the tourism sector 205
-4.11. Preferential treatment of the state 209
-4.12. Conclusions on the sector findings 209
-References 213
Chapter 5. Horizontal obstacles to competition 215
-5.1. Introduction 216
-5.2. Advertising 216
-5.3. Licensing and urban planning provisions 221
-5.4. Transport 225
-References 230
Chapter 6. Conclusion: Benefits from removing regulatory barriers to competition in Greece 231
-6.1. Safeguarding competition impact assessment for the future 234
Annex A. Methodology 235
Annex B. Legislation Screening by Sector 243

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