OECD-COFECE Workshop on Effective Cartel Detection and Prosecution


 26-27 June 2019    Mexico City



This capacity building workshop was held in co-operation with Mexico's Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) and explored techniques employed by competition agencies in order to improve their cartel detection record and case management, as well as techniques in cartel investigations (e.g. bid rigging cases), with a special emphasis on screening, dawn raids, and interview techniques.

The workshop was organised into three sessions, each devoted to the different phases of the enforcement process: the detection phase, the investigation phase, and the case resolution phase. Selected national competition authorities shared their insights on the three topic areas, drawing from their practical experience and recent cases. In addition, participants were given the opportunity to take part in two practical exercises – dawn raids and interviews – aimed at applying the lessons learned and at stimulating the discussion on specific points.

The workshop provided participants with a better understanding of the challenges arising in cartel cases, and with solutions from agency practice that can help address them. 

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Workshop on cartel screening in the digital era, January 2018

Algorithms and collusion, 2017

Big data: Bringing competition policy to the digital era, 2017

Cartels involving intermediate goods, 2015

Competition and the use of markers in leniency programmes, 2014

Ex-officio cartel investigations and the use of screens to detect cartels

Competition and Procurement, 2011

OECD Recommendation on Fighting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement

Hard Core Cartels: Third Report on the Implementation of the 1998 Recommendation 

Best Practices for the Formal Exchange of Information Between Competition Authorities in Hard Core Investigations 

1998 Recommendation on Effective Action against Hard Core Cartels 

All regulated sectors roundtables 


Man touches globe 


Any questions related to the scope of the workshop should be sent to Cristina Volpin and Sabine Zigelski.


Recent OECD Workshops for Competition Officials:

OECD-BWB Workshop on Complex Cartel Case Management 6-7 December 2018

Workshop on Recent Challenges in Competition and IP in Pharmaceutical Markets,  26 February 2019

Workshop on Competition in Publicly Funded Markets, 28 February 2019

Access the full calendar of OECD Competion events 



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