Costa Rica: Competition Commission vs. Government

Running counter to a recommendation from the OECD to strengthen the independence and resources of work by the bodies that oversee competition, the Ministry of Finance will be intervening in the Commission's own tasks.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An article on reports that "... A restructuration managed from the office of the Minister of Economy, Welmer Ramos, has resulted in the temporary disintegration of the Commission for the Promotion of Competition (COPROCOM) from 1 July. "

Three of the ten members of the board of the COPROCOM resigned their positions noting that "the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) has made the mistake of weakening the authority on competition."

"... The last to resign indicated in a letter to the minister Ramos his disagrement with an internal reorganization that removed staff from the Technical Staff Support Unit, which provides services to the Commission. This unit, originally formed by 12 people, was split up in May. One part remained to support the COPROCOM and the other group was itself divided up to be sent to the newly created departments of "Investigations on Competition" and "Disclosure on Competition", which were assigned to the office of the Minister. This decision was challenged on the grounds that the Office - a political body - assumed powers that were originally assigned to the Commission - a technical body -. "

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