15: Margarida Matos Rosa from Portugal
A key competition law development in Portugal in 2020: I will single out the AdC’s investigation into a no-poach agreement for its interesting features. First of all, the AdC imposed interim measures, which it has done seldom in the past. Second, the conduct was prompted by the COVID-19 crisis. Firms, in this case football clubs, agreed not to hire workers that might want to change clubs due to reasons linked to the pandemic. The case is thus also an example of the AdC’s steady enforcement during these exceptional circumstances. Finally, this is the first AdC investigation into no-poach agreements. Given that no-poach agreements can occur across all sectors, the case can be an eye-opener for many firms.
A place to visit in Portugal after the pandemic: If you like to explore off the beaten track, Costa Vicentina could be a interesting choice. A mix of untouched Atlantic beauty, with waves, dunes and pristine beaches, as well as an overall relaxed attitude to enjoy with family and friends. Plenty of reasons to celebrate the pleasure of travelling again.
Margarida Matos Rosa is the president of the Portuguese Competition Authority.