Greece: The Path to a Competitive Future

May 22, 2014 // 2:00pm3:00pm

An investigation by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in cooperation with the Greek authorities identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition. Building on the approach of the OECD’s Competition Assessment Toolkit, the Competition Assessment Review of Greece makes more than 320 recommendations on legal provisions that should be amended or repealed. In this session, Dr. Sean Ennis, a Senior Economist in the OECD’s Competition Division, will discuss the findings and the methods used for preparing the report. The publication focuses on Greece’s food processing, retail trade, building materials and tourism sectors. Ultimately, the estimated benefits of implementing all recommendations to the Greek economy are around EUR 5.2 billion (about USD 7.2 billion).


Sean F. Ennis is currently a Senior Economist in the Competition Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) engaged in economic analysis for competition law and policy. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Competition Commission of Mauritius where he was the chief executive in charge of running Mauritius’s independent competition authority.

Before that, he served as a Senior Economist at the OECD, where he led the OECD’s competition assessment project, an international effort to develop and foster best practice for identifying and removing the anticompetitive effects of regulation. He also was responsible for OECD work on competition and reform in regulated industries in support of the Working Party on Competition and Regulation.  Prior to that, he worked as an economist at both the European Commission’s DG Competition and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, developing economic analyses for competition law investigations. His scholarly writings focus on topics in competition and regulation, with published research on telecommunications and health care. Sean Ennis received a BA (Hons) in Economics from King’s College, Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

You can download a copy of the report here.

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Event Speakers List: 
  • Senior Economist, Competition Division, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Kent Hughes // Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center
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