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OECD Virtual Workshop on Regulatory Barriers to Competition in Professional Services – online event


On November 18 and 19, the Secretariat of CEPI attended the online workshop “Regulatory Barriers to Competition in Professional Services”, organised by the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development (OECD).

A vibrant economy requires adequate regulatory frameworks for professional services that foster innovation, efficiency, and growth, and ensure good quality for consumers. The workshop aimed at analysing the links existing between regulatory reforms and economic growth as well as at discussing the reform of the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMR). For the past twenty years, the PMR has measured barriers to competition for products and services and has covered several professional services such as lawyers, notaries, accountants, architects, civil engineers, and real estate agents. These indicators allow policymakers and scholars to understand where a country stands compared to internationally accepted best practices and to track regulatory reform and progress over time.

Speakers of the event included Mr Jacques Pelkmans, Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS); Mr Morris Kleiner, Chair Professor of Labour Policy, University of Minnesota; Mr Manol Bengyuzov, Policy Officer from the Unit on Skills, Services, Professions at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission; Mr Frank Verboven, Professor at the University of Leuven.

Key documents, including additional information on the PMR and the workshop’s recording and the speakers' presentations, will be made available very soon at the following link.