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Turkey: Competition Authority may lose all power to gov’t

 |  March 4, 2014

The Turkish government is reportedly considering taking full control of the Competition Authority as officials look to consolidate its power over independent regulatory institutions, say reports.

Local media say the government is preparing draft legislation to change how officials are appointed to the Turkish Competition Authority; now, they are appointed by the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State. The new proposal, say reports, would allow the government to appoint chosen members to the Authority.

Reports say the administration could submit the bill to Parliament of approval as early as the next few days.

The Turkish government has come under fire as of late by critics who accuse the government of using the Competition Authority to crack down on companies that are critical of the administration.

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