OECD-CCL Workshop on Hub-and-Spoke Cartels


 11-12 May 2022 Riga, Latvia 


This capacity building workshop will be held in co-operation with the Competition Council of Latvia (CCL) and will address competition enforcement against hub-and-spoke arrangements.

Hub-and-spoke arrangements are horizontal restrictions on the supplier or retailer level (the “spokes”), which are implemented through vertically related players that serve as a common “hub” (e.g., a common manufacturer, retailer or service provider).

The workshop will be organised in four sessions, discussing the legal tests for proving a hub-and-spoke arrangement, resale price maintenance (RPM) cases with horizontal co-ordination, hub-and-spoke and RPM cases with horizontal elements in the e-commerce context and case management issues.

Selected national competition authorities will share their insights on these four topics, drawing from their practical experience and recent cases. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to take part in practical exercises, aimed at applying the lessons learned throughout the workshop and at stimulating the discussion on specific points.



Hub-and-spoke arrangements in competition 2019

Competition and cross platform parity agreements 2015

Implications of E-commerce for Competition Policy 2018

Resale Price Maintenance 2008

Vertical Restraints for On-line Sales 2013

Information Exchanges Between Competitors under Competition Law 2010

Taxi, ride-sourcing and ride-sharing services 2018

Prosecuting Cartels without Direct Evidence 2006



2019 OECD Council Recommendation concerning effective action against hard core cartels

Cartels and anti-competitive agreements

More OECD work on Competition

Access the full calendar of OECD Competion events 


VIDEO: Rachel Brass on hub-and-spoke agreements





Any questions related to the workshop should be sent to Sabine Zigelski and Paloma Bellaiche. 


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