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EEC experts held consultations for Kyrgyz businesses

EEC experts held consultations for Kyrgyz businesses

The White Paper on competition on the transboundary markets of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was presented on September 6 by the specialists of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Competition and Antitrust Regulatory Unit within the offsite meeting of the public reception office in Bishkek (the Kyrgyz Republic). This publication is a reference book for the business community working on the EAEU’s transboundary markets. The publication in an accessible form explains the legal basis for the protection of competition on the Union’s single markets, the procedure and basis for filing a complaint with the Commission in case of violation of business rights as a result of anticompetitive actions of partners.

The first meeting with entrepreneurs of the Kyrgyz Republic was held with the support of the State Agency for Antimonopoly Regulation under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

As it was emphasized by Marat Kusainov, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation, this format of interaction with the business community is an effective way of explaining the rights and obligations of businesses in the field of competition on the EAEU’s transboundary markets.

"Our goal is to convey to the business community the rules of competition in the Union, to teach businessmen to defend their rights when they are violated by monopolists or participants of anticompetitive agreements. That is why we initiated these consultations and an open dialogue so that business would talk about its problems directly", - emphasized the EEC minister.

The attention of the meeting’s participants was accentuated on the EAEU’s legislative norms in the field of competition, prohibiting abuse of dominant position, unfair competition, anticompetitive agreements, coordination of economic activities that restrict competition. The meeting also considered the changes in the EAEU’s regulatory and legal framework regarding the introduction of warning and warning tools that enable business entities to independently eliminate violations and restore competition without paying a fine.

"Not only general explanatory work but also individual consultations are important. If the rights of a specific entrepreneur on the single markets are violated by the anticompetitive actions of its partners, we are ready to help him/her within our competence – explain his/her rights, tell him/her how to issue an application", - stressed Aliya Jumabayeva, Director of the EEC Department for Competition and Public Procurement Policy.

According to Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the EEC Department for Antitrust Regulation, "in order to protect its rights on the Union’s transboundary markets, an applicant shall precisely fulfill the requirements of the Treaty on the EAEU with respect to applying to the Commission. The correctness and completeness of the information initially submitted largely influences the success of the violation’s investigation, the timing of its conduct and the validity and fairness of the final decision in case of violation of competition rules".

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Association of Suppliers (Manufacturers and Distributors), the International Business Council as well as such companies as Ernst & Young, Sky Mobile, Kyrgyzaeronavigatsiya, Kyrgyz Posts, Kyrgyztelecom, and others.

Since the beginning of the year, meetings of the public reception office of the EEC Competition and Antitrust Regulation Unit have been held in Moscow, Minsk, and Astana. By the end of 2018, an offsite meeting of the public reception office is scheduled in the capital of the Republic of Armenia.