The mission consisted in providing economic and legal counsel to the Ministry of Economy on the development of a competition policy scheme, and to evaluate the institutional weaknesses of consumer protection policy in Uruguay. The project aimed at improving the regulatory framework and its application for antitrust and consumer protection.
In particular we provided support in the efforts to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of rules governing consumer relations and to strengthen the institutional mechanisms of the enforcement of competition. The project also increased the dissemination and knowledge of the rules among the economic agents it applies to. We also addressed issues of information sharing and coordination between the competition authority and other state agencies whose actions affect competition; conducted investigations on market sectors in which there was a low level of competition or a high potential for collusion; and monitored areas where there have been previous interventions by the Competition Authority.