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EEC explains the EAEU rules of competition on trans-border markets

EEC explains the EAEU rules of competition on trans-border markets


On May 28, the first offsite session of the Public Reception Office of the Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation Unit of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) was held in Minsk. According to Marat Khusainov, Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Competition and Anti-Monopoly Regulation of the EEC, a new format for interaction with the business community was created to effectively explain the rights and responsibilities of business in the field of competition on the cross-border markets of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
The first meeting with entrepreneurs of the Republic of Belarus as part of the session of the Public Reception Office was held with the support of the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus.

During the meeting, EEC experts noted a weak understanding by the business of the EAEU’s competition protection legislation – many representatives of the business sector do not know what exactly is meant by a violation of competition rules and what liability for such violations is established by the Treaty on the EAEU.

"Our task is to convey to the representatives of the business community the rules of competition in the Eurasian Economic Union and to teach entrepreneurs to protect their rights when they are violated by monopolists or participants in anti-competitive agreements. It is important that the format of the Public Reception Office involves an open dialogue – for entrepreneurs it is an opportunity to state their problems directly", - emphasized the EEC Minister. "If the rights of a particular entrepreneur on the common market are violated by the anti-competitive actions of his partners, the Commission is ready to help him, of course, within its competence".

Representatives of the Commission explained in detail some aspects of the regulatory framework of the EAEU in the field of competition and also told about the latest changes in the Union's law regarding the prevention and warning institutes required for more effective control over the observance of the general rules of competition.

In the course of individual consultations for business, a number of questions were raised concerning the procedures for applying to the Commission for the protection of violated rights and the procedure for considering such applications.

According to Aliya Jumabayeva, Director of the Department of Competition and Public Procurement Policy of the EEC, the main problem the Belarusian entrepreneurs face is unequal business conditions on the market of the Union when competitors are granted benefits.

"This may be a lower price, discounts, payment terms or imposition of a ban on the sale or provision of services in a particular State", - underlined the Director of the Department.

The Director of the Department of Antitrust Regulation of the EEC, Aleksey Sushkevich, emphasized the need for constant interaction with the business community of the EEC States for the timely detection and suppression of anti-competitive behavior of participants on cross-border markets. "It is important to convince the business in the fact that applying to the EEC is an accessible and effective way to resolve disputes arising out of the restriction of competition on the market of the Union", - he said.

The meeting of the Public Reception Office was attended by the representatives of business associations, leading industrial enterprises of the Republic of Belarus, trade and consulting companies, such as the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship, the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, prof. M.S. Kunyavsky Business Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Business Support Center “Business Consulting”, the Belarusian Fund for the Financial Support of Entrepreneurs, MAZ OJSC, Bellegprom Concern, Gomellift CJSC, Gomselmash OJSC, Kommunarka OJSC, Belshina OJSC, Minsk Margarine factory OJSC, etc.

The next scheduled offsite sessions of the Public Reception Office will be held in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.