The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2018

Italy: Competition Authority

14 August 2017

The age of complexity During the past few years, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) - as indeed is the case for most of the world's competition agencies - has been confronted with an increasingly complex situation, characterised by profound instability. We are experiencing growing disaffection for competition principles among citizens and the powerful lure of the siren song of protectionism. Though this is occurring all over the world, it is particularly serious in Italy, where the process for market opening has not yet been completed - as shown by the OECD's Goods Market Efficiency Index, which still places Italy behind most major European countries.

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