The Colombian competition authority fines Bogotá’s Administrative Body of Public Utilities for anticompetitive behaviour and orders the reversal of the city’s public policy (Mayor of Bogotá)

The case Last April the Colombian Competition Authority issued a decision regarding the public policy implemented by Mr. Gustavo Petro, the current city mayor of Bogotá and his administrative staff in waste collection. Since 1994 the adopted model in public utilities in Colombia by Law 142 has been free competition with two exemptions. The first is the establishment of Exclusive Service Areas (ESAs) granted by the municipality with the backing of the central government, in which case competition is for the market and not in the market. The second is the municipality direct provision when no other one can or do not want to do it and also with the backing of the central government. Until September of 2011 the waste collection in Bogotá was provided under ESA basis to a number of

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Javier Cortázar-Mora, The Colombian competition authority fines Bogotá’s Administrative Body of Public Utilities for anticompetitive behaviour and orders the reversal of the city’s public policy (Mayor of Bogotá), 21 avril 2014, e-Competitions April 2014, Art. N° 68915

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