Indecopi propone mejoras en las compras públicas

En un documento de 15 páginas, el Indecopi formuló sus “recomendaciones normativas para fomentar la competencia en las contrataciones públicas”. “Las recomendaciones son resultado de reuniones de trabajo con expertos en materia de contrataciones del Estado. También se tuvo en cuenta el estudio de la experiencia comparada y mejores prácticas internacionales en materia de promoción…

Colombia: “Guía de Competencia en las Compra Públicas”

Colombia Compra Eficiente publicó su Guía de competencia en Compras Públicas “Colombia Compra Eficiente como ente rector del Sistema de Compra Pública, expide la presente Guía para promover la generación de competencia efectiva en los procesos de compra pública adelantados por las Entidades Estatales”. Las Guías contienen unas pautas para identificar cuándo hay bajos niveles de…

Bid Rigging in School Bus Services

“Four owners of school bus transportation companies were sentenced today for participating in bid rigging and fraud conspiracies related to school bus transportation contracts in Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced. The jury found that they conspired to rig bids and allocate the market for public school bus transportation contracts in the municipality of…

2do boletín de la ACDC

La Asociación Colombiana de Derecho de la Competencia publicó su segundo boletín.  En esta edición, se incluyeron artículos escritos por el Director de la Agencia Nacional de Contratación Pública (Colombia Compra Eficiente), funcionarios de la Autoridad de Competencia y litigantes. Los artículos incluidos en esta versión son los siguientes: EL DERECHO DE LA COMPETENCIA Y…

1er boletín de la Asociación Colombiana de Derecho de la Competencia

La Asociación Colombiana de Derecho de la Competencia (ACDC) ha publicado su primer boletín, incluyendo la carta del presidente de la asociación, doctor Gabriel Ibarra, un recuento de los eventos realizados por la asociación, y los siguientes cinco artículos escritos por litigantes, académicos y funcionarios de la Autoridad de Competencia SIC: LA COMISIÓN EUROPEA PONE FIN…

Colusión: sinergias entre Min. Público y Autoridad de Competencia

Colusión: sinergias entre Procuraduría y Autoridad de Competencia (Filipinas) En la República de Filipinas, se anunció una alianza entre la Autoridad de Competencia (PCC) y el Ministerio Público, para perseguir la colusión en licitaciones públicas. En consideración de la afectación que esas conductas causan a los mercados, pero también a los intereses mismos de la…

¿Cuándo caducan los acuerdos anticompetitivos? Por Emilio Archila

“[…] la SIC ha esgrimido una tesis que le permite ampliar el término de caducidad previsto en la ley 1340 de 2009: Los acuerdos colusorios en licitaciones públicas son sancionados “por efecto”, y, dado que uno de los efectos de la colusión es generarle un detrimento patrimonial al Estado, los efectos no se consuman sino…

UK: Auction Service Providers under investigation

Competition and Markets Authority Opens Investigation into Auction Service Providers “On 22 November 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it had opened a formal investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in relation to the supply of auction services in the UK. It is understood that the CMA’s investigation was prompted by an allegation…

Bid rigging to obtain contracts meant for Small, Disadvantaged Businesses

“According to court documents, MCC and others conspired with two companies that were eligible to receive federal government contracts set asides for small, disadvantaged businesses with the understanding that MCC would illegally perform all of the work. In so doing, MCC was able to win 27 government contracts worth over $70 million from 2008 to…

Russia: Bid rigging at Defense Ministry’s auctions

Russia: Bid rigging at Defense Ministry’s auctions “The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) opened a case on violating the law “On Protection of Competition” by several companies at the Defense Ministry’s auctions […] According to the antimonopoly agency, Russia’s Defense Ministry held several open auctions for provision of services involving sanitary and integrated maintenance of barracks…

Chile: Nueva ley de competencia

Chile: Nueva ley de competencia El 19 de agosto de 2016 se promulgó en Chile la Ley que Perfecciona el Sistema de Defensa de la Libre Competencia. Según el comunicado de prensa liberado por la Presidencia de dicho país, “dentro de las nuevas medidas que contempla, destaca que las sanciones se hacen más estrictas y pueden…

Bid rigging: Software markets

“The two parties (MCCi LLC and VP Imaging Inc.) both resell Laserfiche software. They allegedly agreed not to compete against each other in Texas or solicit and hire each other’s employees. Most customers of these companies are tax-supported local government entities. ‘When the affected customers are public entities, taxpayers ultimately end up paying above market…

Romania: Guidelines for public tenders

“The Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC”) recently published new guidelines on detecting and preventing anti-competitive practices in public procurement procedures (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines provide valuable insight into what the RCC considers relevant signs of bid rigging […] The Guidelines further analyse market traits (e.g. limited numbers of bidders, homogeneous products, market shares and costs symmetry,…

Bid rigging: Same legal adviser preparing the tenders

“The CJEU was ruling on a referral for preliminary ruling from the Latvian Supreme Court, in a case involving three Latvian food companies that had been accused of breaching national competition law. The three companies had all submitted bids to a tender for the supply of food products to educational establishments by the city of…

UK: Hacking powers to fight collusion

“Criminal cartels are akin to complex fraud, and can operate over many years at the expense of consumers and taxpayers as a result of higher prices and reduced choice. As such the regulated use of investigatory powers, including equipment interference, plays a critical role in the CMA’s investigations,” said Simon Belgard, a spokesperson for the Competition and…

UK: Open letter to procurement professionals

“The CMA is publishing this open letter to highlight what procurement and supply professionals should look out for, as well as a range of tools and advice that can help with spotting and stopping anti-competitive activity during a tender process.” Open_letter_to_procurement_professionals

Competition Authority guides officials before the tenders

Canada: “Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said his office is planning to double the number of training workshops it provides to public-procurement officials this year on ways to prevent fraud. There will be training events for federal, provincial and municipal managers, as well as for the private sector, on how to identify and prevent collusion…