Gov’t bargains with OECD on Toolkit

Athens has been in contact with the headquarters of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris (photo) regarding the OECD Competition Toolkit, which helps governments monitor competition in the market and is aimed at reducing the prices of products and services.

The government is trying hard to secure the best possible price for the program. A high-level Competitiveness Ministry official said the OECD had asked for 600,000 euros per year as the Competition Toolkit does not just supply know-how but also includes the employment of a director and two consultants.

Athens considered this price too high and asked the European Commission?s Task Force to intervene, but has only been quoted a 50,000-euro discount so far.