15. juni 2011
The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority has published the yearly Competition and Consumer Report 2011. The report highlights the interplay between competition and consumer behaviour and takes stock of the competition intensity and consumer conditions in Denmark.
The report highlights effective competition and good consumer conditions as
important drivers for growth and new opportunities for consumers. Effective
competition contributes to a dynamic development of the business sector and
ensures that consumers have access to the best products at low prices. Good
consumer conditions ensure that consumers can make safe purchases, that the
businesses compete on a level playing field, and that consumers choose their
preferred products. This enhances market efficiency and increases wealth.
The report shows that consumer conditions in Denmark have improved until
2011 which is last year with accessible data. There are signs of a slight improvement in competition intensity from 2000 to 2008 (2008 is the last year
with data on competition intensity). However, the results also indicate that the
degree of competition in Denmark is not as vigorous as in comparable countries.
The results build on indicators of consumer conditions across a large
number of markets and competition indicators measured by comparable prices
and a composite competition index for Denmark.
Strong competition and consumer legislation, effective enforcement, and preventive effort set out the framework for a sound interplay between consumers and businesses. In 2010 consumer conditions in Denmark were improved in the areas for travel guarantee, assessment of loan risk and consumer rights when businesses do not follow decisions taken by the competition authorities. Furthermore, the Competition Council’s scope to interfere in harmful mergers was strengthened.
Competition in publicly-provided services contributes to ensure cost efficient
production of public services and may enhance innovation. The share of public
services subject to competition has increased in recent years, most notably in
municipalities. However, large differences exist between municipalities with
respect to their use of private suppliers. Moreover, competition in welfare services is less wide-spread in comparison with competition in technical services. This suggests that increased competition in publicly-provided services can improve efficiency in the public sector further.
In April 2011, the Danish government entered into an agreement with a
range of parties in the Danish Parliament to boost Danish productivity
through increased competition in the construction sector, the private service
sector and the public sector.
Competition and Consumer Report 2011 (only available in Danish)
Summary in English