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BRICS Competition Innovation Law&Policy Joint Research Platform is a project of systematic strategic cooperation of BRICS competition authorities with academia with a purpose to develop unified approaches to antimonopoly regulation of innovative and socially important markets.
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Digital Era Competition BRICS Report Released

We are happy to present our Draft BRICS academic report on Digital Era Competition Law: A BRICS Perspective. Download. 
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THE REGULATION OF THE GLOBAL FOOD VALUE CHAIN: A BRICS PERSPECTIVE

The research project, prepared In the context of the BRICS competition authorities' cooperation, aims to provide the first in-depth analysis of the regulation, from a competition policy perspective, of the food industry by the BRICS countries, and selected developed countries (European Union, United States).
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Attention! The date change! We have moved the session to the April 30! On April 30, the BRICS Competition Centre, in the framework of the HSE traditional April conference, which this year takes place in a distributed format, holds a session on antitrust measures and approaches in the pandemic era.
27.04.2020
03.08.2020
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According to Reuters, China's antitrust authority is considering an investigation of Alipay and WeChat Pay at the initiative of the central bank, which claims the digital payment giants have used their dominant positions to suppress competitors.
24.07.2020
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The heads of the BRICS countries' competition authorities met in a new online format. Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, made a presentation on the work of the Centre.
23.07.2020
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On 22nd of July the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre has organised a webinar that seeks to understand how international cooperation among competition authorities (particularly in developing countries) in times of crisis (e.g. 2008 financial crisis and 2019 COVID19) can be instrumental in the fight against cross-border cartels forming as a result of the crisis-related business activities. The book “Fighting Cross-Border Cartels: The Perspective of the Young and Small Competition Authorities” (March, 2020 by Hart Publishers)  written by the Dr Pierre Horna, Legal Affairs Officer, UNCTAD's Competition and Consumer Policies Branch served as a basis for reflexion to explore how developing countries can effectively detect and sanction cartels that have cross border reach.
17.07.2020
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During a round table, Deputy Head of the FAS Russia Sergey Puzyrevsky spoke about the measures taken by the service to create a favourable competitive environment and protect entrepreneurship in current economic conditions and congratulated everyone on the 30th anniversary of the antimonopoly authorities in Russia. The event took place at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
16.07.2020
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense revoked a precautionary measure that suspended the partnership between Facebook and Cielo that intended to make payments via WhatsApp viable. The companies recently presented information to the municipality that removed the competition concerns identified at first, which is why CADE decided to revoke the previous decision. CADE, however, is still analyzing whether or not companies should notify the operation to the local authority.

15.07.2020
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The document was prepared as part of the implementation of an interdepartmental program of measures to identify and suppress cartels and other agreements restricting competition for 2019-2023.
15.07.2020
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The director of the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Center has addressed a congratulatory letter to the head of FAS Russia Mr Igor Artemiev to commemorate a 30th anniversary of the Russian antitrust regulation
14.07.2020
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia plans to initiate a case for the sale of express tests for coronavirus to the population in retail chains, testing for COVID-19 should be carried out by specialists, said the head of the department Igor Artemyev.
13.07.2020
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The General Superintendence of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense sent the merger act for analysis by the autarchy court regarding the acquisition, by the pharmaceutical company Hypera, of the development, manufacture, marketing, distribution and sale of the Buscopan product family in Brazil - currently owned by Boehringer Ingelheim International.
09.07.2020
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FAS Russia Deputy Head Andrey Tsyganov spoke about the activities of the antimonopoly service during the COVID-19 crisis and discussed the development of competition with experts and representatives of Russian companies
08.07.2020
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The Competition Commission of South Africa has announced that it welcomes the decision of the Competition Tribunal that confirms the settlement agreement between the Commission and Cape Town-based company - Caprichem.
07.07.2020
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense has published a brief information note in which it deals with the collaboration between companies in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. The document provides guidance on the parameters recommended in the elaboration of strategies to combat the pandemic and on the procedures available for economic agents to obtain CADE's statement.
06.07.2020
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The issues of price regulation for vital medicines remains a heated issue for all participants in the healthcare system especially when it comes to the mechanisms that are necessary to ensure the presence of drugs on the pharmaceutical market.
03.07.2020
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Recent amendments to the law provide for the submission of complaints on public procurement exclusively through the UIS, it is also planned to transfer the entire complaint correspondence to the system.
26.06.2020
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The German Federal Supreme Court confirmed that Facebook must comply with the German antitrust authority's decision on collecting user data. According to the source, the court's position sets a precedent for other similar rulings.
24.06.2020
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense approved the acquisition by Athena Saúde Espírito Santo of the control of companies belonging to the São Bernardo Group, on the 17th of June. The operation received the endorsement of the municipality by signing a Concentration Control Agreement (ACC).
18.06.2020
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The European Commission plans to formally charge Amazon with a monopoly over the attitude of the American online giant to sellers on its platform. It is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. According to one of them, this can happen next week or at the end of June.
18.06.2020
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The European Commission has launched antitrust investigations into the operation of the App Store and Apple Pay, according to EC reports.
16.06.2020
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has not agreed on the purchase by Yandex of the ‘Vezet’ taxi aggregator, as the deal would have led companies to dominate the taxi market in more than half of the Russian regions.
12.06.2020
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense has all its efforts aimed at providing agile and efficient responses to the market and society in the face of the new coronavirus crisis. In this context, the figures related to the operations that were evaluated by the Council in 2020 show that there was no reduction in the productivity of the municipality, especially in the analysis of merger acts during the pandemic.
09.06.2020
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On June 8 Ashok Kumar Gupta has announced that India's competition commission is conducting studies on the telecom sector as well as merger and acquisition in the digital market.
08.06.2020
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Cade's investigation began in October 2018, based on representation from the Department of Consumer Protection and Defense of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (DPDC / MJSP). The agency presented documents pointing to indications that CFM and Cremesp were threatening doctors and clinics that accept the card, opening investigations and ethical-disciplinary proceedings against them to apply sanctions.
04.06.2020
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India competition commission is once again turning their eyes to Google. According to Reuters publication, Indian competition commission has received a signal that Google is abusing its market position.
01.06.2020
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FAS Russia has announced in its publication that on the heads of the international divisions of the antitrust authorities of the BRICS countries had a meeting on 27th of May. It was held in the form of a video conference. FAS Russia was represented by the head of International Economic Cooperation Department Lesya Davydova.
27.05.2020
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According to the CADE website, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense decided to authorize the collaboration between a group of competing companies as a measure to minimize the effects of the crisis caused by the COVID-19.
16.05.2020
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According to the Wall Street Journal publication, The U.S. Justice Department and Attorney Generals of several US states may charge Google with antitrust laws in the coming months.
11.05.2020
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A basic condition for enterprises to resume production smoothly is to maintain a market condition that fair competition is guaranteed. The Antimonopoly Bureau of SAMR has actively performed its duties, and made every effort to maintain a fair market environment, to provide strong support for the resumption of work.
05.05.2020
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Quite a significant part of the online session's discussion on April 30 revolved around the topic of BigPharma. Participants have raised many important points regarding the activities of the BigPharma in the market; current and potential regulations that should be applied; as well as the change in the situation in the pharmaceutical markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
05.05.2020
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We proceed with the details of the online  session on antitrust measures and approaches in the pandemic era from April 30.
01.05.2020
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Yesterday, the BRICS Competition Centre, in the framework of the HSE traditional April conference, conducted an online a session on antitrust measures and approaches in the pandemic era.
27.04.2020
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Attention! The date change! We have moved the session to the April 30! On April 30, the BRICS Competition Centre, in the framework of the HSE traditional April conference, which this year takes place in a distributed format, holds a session on antitrust measures and approaches in the pandemic era.
26.04.2020
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As follows from the Association of internet-trading companies letter received by th eFAS Russia, the member companies of the Association are doing everything possible to provide quality service and reasonable prices for customers.
24.04.2020
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) found signs of unfair competition in the Samson Pharma and Doctor Stoletov pharmacy chains in Moscow when selling medical masks.
22.04.2020
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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, the State Administration for Market Regulation has taken the initiative to strengthen coordination and communication with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
13.04.2020
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The threat of increasing monopolisation in the digital sphere, due to the transition of business and everyday activities from physical to the cyberspace, has become one of the main topics of the session of the SPBILF - "9½: the Rules of Corona".
09.04.2020
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After the rapid spread of coronavirus infection, China is gradually taking control of the situation, and the state has the opportunity to help other countries affected by the epidemic. China has been rapidly scaling up its medical equipment manufacturing base and proposes to supply indispensable medical products.
08.04.2020
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The director of the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development and the BRICS Competition Law and Policy Research Centre Alexey Ivanov explained the digital reality and the future from the perspective of the antitrust law in his interview to 'KP'.
07.04.2020
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The business community hopes to pause discussion of the antitrust initiative announced earlier this year.
06.04.2020
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X5 Retail Group has sent an appeal to the FAS Russia with a request to assess the compliance of the initiative with antitrust law. FAS Russia examined the appeal and came to the conclusion that the X5 Retail Group's actions do not contradict to the provisions of the Law on Trade.
01.04.2020
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Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) has launched a preliminary probe into manufacturers and retailers of medical and pharmaceutical products.
30.03.2020
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On the 15th of March President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a State of National Disaster, as well as enforcing of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting from the 26th of March 2020. South African competition commission recently released a statement explaining the measures it will take during the COVID-19 lockdown.
26.03.2020
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According to the European Pharmaceutical Review, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set up a task force to track retailers who have used the outbreak of coronavirus to raise drug prices.
25.03.2020
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Financial Times has reported that the American pharmaceutical company AbbVie (EbbVi) was the first to take a radical step by abandoning the global patent rights for the antiretroviral drug Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), which is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of coronavirus infection SARS-CoV-2.
20.03.2020
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Legal Advisor to the Government of Israel Avihai Mandelblit for the first time authorized the use of generic drugs, where a patent for the original drug has not yet expired. Mandelblit justified his decision with the fight against the coronavirus COVID-2019. Now, generics of the antiretroviral medication Kaletra (lopinavir + ritonavir) from AbbVie can be imported into the country.
17.03.2020
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On March 13, the BRICS Antimonopoly Center, together with the FAS Russia, held a meeting of the BRICS working group on competition in the pharmaceutical markets.
16.03.2020
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The US Congress is continuing to call for activity in the field of antitrust legislation and enforcement. It is not surprising that one of the significant areas of interest in antitrust enforcement in the IT sector.
16.03.2020
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French authorities found Apple guilty of violating antitrust laws and price conspiracy. Now Apple has to pay the largest fine in the history of the French competition authority.
12.03.2020
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Today, as of the 12th of March, the amendments to the 'antitrust compliance' bill came into force under Federal Law of the 1st of March, 2020 No. 33-FL.
11.03.2020
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The department received a complaint about the advertising of Arbidol. Following the complaint, at the end of January, the antimonopoly department was going to check the advertisement of the Arbidol drug containing a statement about the effectiveness of the drug in the fight against coronavirus.

09.03.2020
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Recently The New York Times has reported that a petition signed by multiple labour unions, including one of the largest - the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was submitted to the Federal Trade Commission. The petition was filed in order to push for the investigation of Amazon's anticompetitive behaviour and to study Amazon's impact on the economy overall.
09.03.2020
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RIA News has published the information stating that it was informed by the press department of The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia, that in light of the depreciation of the ruble, reminded that it continually monitors prices for socially significant goods.
05.03.2020
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According to Reuters, Brazilian Prosecutor General's Office has filed a request with the Antimonopoly Authority of the country (CADE) to conduct an additional audit of the sale of the national aircraft manufacturer Embraer to the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
03.03.2020
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According to the amendments to the law "On Protection of Competition", prepared by the FAS in mid-February, the agency proposed to withdraw the "immunity" from software developers. This means that the application of antitrust laws to the results of intellectual activity in the software sector will become possible, thus expanding the regulatory powers in digital markets.
26.02.2020
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service has prepared a draft decree of the Government of the Russian Federation "On the methodology for determining the amount of compensation paid to the patent holder when deciding on the use of an invention, utility model or industrial design without his consent, and the procedure for its payment". The document was published on the regulation.gov.ru portal. Public discussion will last until March 19, 2020.
19.02.2020
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The state Duma adopted a bill that enshrines the concept of "an internal system to ensure compliance with antitrust laws" (antitrust compliance).
17.02.2020
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CADE has presented the Annual report on performance in the defense of competition in 2019. During the Annual report launch, the CADE's president, Alexandre Barreto, highlighted that 2019 was the year of consolidation of the institutional and structural changes, which took the defense of competition to new heights in Brazil.
12.02.2020
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Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Juliane Kokott expressed the view that the judicial authority should support the decision of UK Competition and Market Authority that transactions to delay the entry into the market of generics (pay-for-delay) between GlaxoSmithKline and other companies are in violation of antitrust laws, FirstWord Pharma reports.
10.02.2020
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According to the reports by The Wall Street Journal, the European Commission has launched a preliminary antitrust investigation against Facebook, suspecting the corporation of surveillance and elimination of potential competitors. The publication reports that the European regulator is currently investigating the statements of numerous companies that Facebook uses the personal data of its users to weed out competitors.
06.02.2020
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia has recorded complaints from citizens about the rise in the price of several products amid a decline in imports from China due to coronavirus. Mr Andrey Tsyganov, the deputy head of the FAS Russia has commented on the situation with the following statement - "We see reports about prices rising for some products, but not from reports of our territorial administrations, but the media and citizens".
04.02.2020
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On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of a previously unknown type of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, located in the central part of the country. As experts have established, the causative agent of the disease is a new type of coronavirus - 2019-nCoV, which can be transmitted from person to person.

03.02.2020
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At the beginning of January, 2020, China competition authority, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), started a public discussion of its bill amending Anti-Monopoly Law of China. The bill is one of the major revision of China competition law for the past 11 years.
03.02.2020
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According to CADE's press release, Brazil's Governing Body for Economic Protection (CADE) on Monday approved a deal to create a joint venture with national aircraft manufacturer Embraer and US aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
27.01.2020
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According to the press release, The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has prepared a list of applications in preparation for implementing the law on the preinstallation of Russian software.
23.01.2020
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The Arbitral Court of the Moscow District confirmed the legality of the FAS decision to recognize the conspiration between CJSC Euroservice Firm and Mega Pharma LLC with participation in 331 auctions for the supply of medicines and medical devices worth more than 800 million rubles as illegal. This has been reported in the FAS press-release in the message of the department. Thus, the court rejected the complaints of the companies.
21.01.2020
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RBK News has recently reported that DiDi Chuxing, the largest Chinese car-sharing and taxi network plans to open offices throughout Russia, including in St. Petersburg. Now the company is selecting the head and employees of the division in the local market.
17.01.2020
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In the interview to The Wall Street Journal, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim said that the Justice Department is preparing to research and investigate the generic drug industry and even go as far as filing cases for allegedly fixing prices. The department has been investigating possible criminal conduct by generic drug companies for years, but there has been little action so far.
16.01.2020
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This week Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has visited India. At the same time, multiple protests against Amazon have spurred across a country, and an antitrust investigation was started against the tech giant.
13.01.2020
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Recently it was announced that for the first time China had included the internet industry in the planned revision and overhaul of its antitrust legislation, potentially giving regulators the power to regulate the increasingly dominant technology giants effectively.
23.12.2019
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The Chinese authorities have created a national operator for the transportation of oil and gas, giving it all the main oil and gas pipelines in the country. Previously, they belonged to state-owned oil and gas companies. The idea behind Chinese "unbundling" is to increase competition in the country's oil and gas market.
21.12.2019
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia for the first time entered the top ten best antitrust organizations in the world, said department head Igor Artemyev at the congress of the Yabloko party.
20.12.2019
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EU antitrust authorities are considering tightening their policies on IT corporations, forcing them to ensure equal conditions in the market.
18.12.2019
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On December 17, 2019, the Deputy Head of the FAS Russia Andrey Tsyganov met with the Director and Permanent Representative of the World Bank in Russia, Mr Renaud Seligmann
17.12.2019
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With this case we are starting the series of publication devoted to the descriptions of digital cases examined by  the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federations. The fiches were prepared by the analytical team of the BRICS Competition Centre.
11.12.2019
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Earlier in September, we reported about the antitrust investigation launched in the United States regarding Google's marketing activity.
10.12.2019
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The  State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) posted a Draft - "Major illegal acts in the field of market supervision Interim Measures for Reporting Rewards (Revised Draft for Comment)" on its website for public comment.
05.12.2019
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On the 2nd of December, the South African Competition Commission released a media statement regarding the data prices investigation. The Commission initiated the Inquiry in August 2017. South Africa's two biggest mobile-phone companies - Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd. have been under scrutiny for the last few years regarding their data prices, and the Competition Commission of South Africa has finally released final findings and recommendations for data services market enquiry earlier this week.
04.12.2019
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In July 2019 the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Igor Artemiev at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in Russia, the problem of cartels is now most acute in the pharmaceutical industry. Three months later, we can see the progress in the battle with the cartels
02.12.2019
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The BRICS Summit in Brazilia was held under the motto "Economic growth in the interests of an innovative future," The work and discussions carried out during those two days once again showed that over the past ten years, BRICS has achieved serious results and has gained a reputation as a respected association. At the same time, the coordination mechanisms established within BRICS make it possible to cooperate effectively in politics, security, trade, finance and culture.
28.11.2019
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) allowed Rostelecom to buy 55% of T2 RTK Holding LLC (operating under the Tele2 brand), the service’s website reported .
22.11.2019
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Competition commission of India (CCI) has released a Market Study on e-commerce in India and its strategy shifts.
21.11.2019
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On November 19-20, 2019, the traditional V International Scientific and Practical Conference "Antitrust Policy: Science, Practice, Education" was organized at the Skolkovo Innovation Center, organized by the FAS Russia in partnership with the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development. The staff and guests of the Institute took part in all the most relevant discussions of the conference.
19.11.2019
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The report offers a view on competition policies and enforcement in BRICS countries.
01.10.2019
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The second day of the BRICS International Competition Conference has not only started with a varietal topic but was also concluded with another life and death importance level panel – pharmaceutical regulation. The issues that could be discussed within this area are vast; however, most of the representatives from BRICS competition authorities have focused on two common problems for all of the countries – generics and pricing.
20.09.2019
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The session took place within the framework of the BRICS International Competition Conference on September 19.

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22 Jul 2020

Virtual Worldwide Launch of the Book “Fighting Cross-Border Cartels: The Perspective of the Young and Small Competition Authorities” 

This webinar seeks to understand how international cooperation among competition authorities (particularly in developing countries) in times of crisis (e.g. 2008 financial crisis and 2019 COVID19) can be instrumental in the fight against cross-border cartels forming as a result of the crisis-related business activities. 


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BRICS Competition Innovation Law&Policy Joint Research Platform is a project of systematic strategic cooperation of BRICS competition authorities with academia with a purpose to develop unified approaches to antimonopoly regulation of innovative and socially important markets.
The BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre (BRICS Competition Centre) project was initiated and is coordinated by the Skolkovo - Higher School of Economics Institute for Law and Development, a Moscow-based international think tank. The aim of the BRICS Competition Centre is to provide the meeting point for BRICS competition law research, ensure the scientific support the work of BRICS competition authorities and to promote a distinct BRICS competition law agenda for the global economy. The BRICS Competition Centre collaborates with a number of partner institutions worldwide and relies on a group of internationally known competition law and policy experts, public intellectuals, industry and technology leaders.