16 May 2024 EEC ensures equal competitive conditions in transboundary markets Zhanar Adikova, Director of the EEC Department for Competition and Public Procurement Policy, informed on the activities and role of the Eurasian Economic Commission in ensuring equal competitive conditions in the Eurasian Economic Union’s transboundary markets at a round table organized by the Agency for Protection and Development of Competition of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty. The event attendees touched on the introduction of an antitrust compliance mechanism in the Eurasian Economic Union — eliminating the risks of negative consequences associated with antitrust violations. They discussed international experience related to strengthening the role of competition authorities, regulation of mergers and acquisitions, competition policy in the digital platform markets, and issues of algorithmic competition. “Granting industrial subsidies, admission to state procurement, and barriers to mutual trade — these are the issues that the Commission considers, inter alia, to ensure market competition. This objective is also considered by our Competition Unit when considering the regulatory impact assessment of the EAEU acts,” Zhanar Adikova noted. According to her, it is important to hear the business, both as a market participant and as a consumer, to take into account all aspects of competitive conditions in implementing sector-specific policies. “In turn, the business community should be an active agent of competition in implementing the policy by relevant governing bodies in favor of competition development,” Zhanar Adikova emphasized. Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Commission’s Antitrust Regulation Department, informed the round table about the judicial practice of considering applications in the EAEU antitrust cases. “The EAEU Court considers issues related to the violations of general competition rules in a competent manner,” Aleksey Sushkevich emphasized. The Court’s five advisory opinions in this field answer many important law enforcement issues. The Court’s ten decisions on the claims of economic entities against the Commission give an accurate view of the judicial evaluation of evidence of the violation, the rules for calculating the period of bringing to liability, the legality of issuing warnings at all stages of the Commission’s detection of violations, the sufficiency of evidence of the market’s transboundary nature, as well as many other aspects of applying the Union’s law that are important for the antitrust regulator. Aleksey Sushkevich noted that the EEC adopted 34 decisions on violation of the general competition rules, and only one of them was completely overturned by the EAEU Court. According to him, this can be regarded as a good result of the Commission’s work.
16 May 2024 EEC ensures equal competitive conditions in transboundary markets Zhanar Adikova, Director of the EEC Department for Competition and Public Procurement Policy, informed on the activities and role of the Eurasian Economic Commission in ensuring equal competitive conditions in the Eurasian Economic Union’s transboundary markets at a round table organized by the Agency for Protection and Development of Competition of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty. The event attendees touched on the introduction of an antitrust compliance mechanism in the Eurasian Economic Union — eliminating the risks of negative consequences associated with antitrust violations. They discussed international experience related to strengthening the role of competition authorities, regulation of mergers and acquisitions, competition policy in the digital platform markets, and issues of algorithmic competition. “Granting industrial subsidies, admission to state procurement, and barriers to mutual trade — these are the issues that the Commission considers, inter alia, to ensure market competition. This objective is also considered by our Competition Unit when considering the regulatory impact assessment of the EAEU acts,” Zhanar Adikova noted. According to her, it is important to hear the business, both as a market participant and as a consumer, to take into account all aspects of competitive conditions in implementing sector-specific policies. “In turn, the business community should be an active agent of competition in implementing the policy by relevant governing bodies in favor of competition development,” Zhanar Adikova emphasized. Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Commission’s Antitrust Regulation Department, informed the round table about the judicial practice of considering applications in the EAEU antitrust cases. “The EAEU Court considers issues related to the violations of general competition rules in a competent manner,” Aleksey Sushkevich emphasized. The Court’s five advisory opinions in this field answer many important law enforcement issues. The Court’s ten decisions on the claims of economic entities against the Commission give an accurate view of the judicial evaluation of evidence of the violation, the rules for calculating the period of bringing to liability, the legality of issuing warnings at all stages of the Commission’s detection of violations, the sufficiency of evidence of the market’s transboundary nature, as well as many other aspects of applying the Union’s law that are important for the antitrust regulator. Aleksey Sushkevich noted that the EEC adopted 34 decisions on violation of the general competition rules, and only one of them was completely overturned by the EAEU Court. According to him, this can be regarded as a good result of the Commission’s work.
16 Apr 2024 Maxim Ermolovich: “Closer interaction between antitrust authorities at the EEC venue helps increase the efficiency of investigations” Improving the law of the Eurasian Economic Union to increase the efficiency of investigations into anti-competitive cases was discussed at a meeting on April 15 by Maxim Ermolovich, Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Maxim Shaskolsky, Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia. “We are working closely with national competition authorities; there are issues that have to be addressed in more detail,” said the EEC Minister. Maxim Ermolovich noted the need for a more active discussion at the EAEU expert platforms of competence issues when conducting investigations in cross-border markets. “The EEC has an important role in solving the problems of ensuring the effective functioning of the EAEU markets on the principles of fair competition; for its part, the FAS Russia is ready to assist the Commission in all areas of joint work,” emphasized Maxim Shaskolsky. They also considered the agenda of the 5+1 meeting by the heads of antitrust authorities of the participating states, which will be held in the Republic of Belarus. The importance of the activities carried out by the FAS Russia as the presiding party in the Interstate Council for Antimonopoly Policy was noted. The parties reaffirmed the need to mutually support joint initiatives on international platforms.
04 Apr 2024 Eurasian and European businesses interested in developing dialogue on competition This was discussed at the meeting between Maxim Ermolovich, Minister in charge of Competition and Antitrust Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Ulf Schneider, Chairman of the Board of the Greater European Economic Space initiative, which took place at the headquarters of the Eurasian Economic Commission on April 3. Maxim Ermolovich expressed his readiness to continue cooperation with European colleagues on competition development issues and share experience in reviewing anticompetitive agreements. "Competition is a sphere of mutually beneficial cooperation between the EAEU states and European countries. Our meeting is a continuation of the dialogue that took place on the margins of the 22nd International Conference on Competition in Berlin featuring the heads of German and Egyptian competition authorities and the UNCTAD competition divisions. We note the importance of professional dialogue, exchange of experience, mutual participation in training programs and international events of European and Asian competition authorities," the EEC Minister said. The parties discussed the possibility of developing a dialogue between Eurasian and European business, as well as the prospects for participation of experts on competition law and policy of the European Union in events organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission. "My personal impression from the meetings I hold in various regions is that the business community greatly aspires to start interacting on an expert level," mentioned Ulf Schneider.
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