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BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre 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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14th Annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference will be held on 3 and 4 November 2020. The conference topic is: “Competition In A Crisis: Competition Policy, Regulation And Enforcement In Unprecedented Times”.
02.11.2020
18.06.2021
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President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Alexandre Barreto, conducted the last trial session of his term, which will end on the 21st of June.
17.06.2021
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China's SAMR suggests the company is engaging in unfair competition practices and hiding the pricing process.
04.06.2021
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FAS Russia believes that the development of the drug supply system should be carried out through digitalization. At the same time, the department believes that without resolving issues with data standardization and verification of information sources, the transition to digitalization will be impossible.
03.06.2021
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On May 27, leaders of the BRICS competition authorities held a joint online meeting. One of the topics discussed was the BRICS Competition Centre, which has become of great importance for competition cooperation on the BRICS level in the last few years.
01.06.2021
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It was one of the topics discussed by representatives of the competition authorities of the countries of the international association. FAS Russia was represented by the deputy head of the department, Petr Ivanov, and the head of the International Economic Cooperation Department, Lesya Davydova. The event was held online.
30.04.2021
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On April 26, 2021, the FAS Russia imposed on Apple Inc. a turnover fine of RUB 906,299,392.16 (over USD 12 million) for violation of antimonopoly legislation. In August 2020, FAS Russia completed its consideration of the case against Apple Inc., initiated the request of Kaspersky Lab JSC.
27.04.2021
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On April 26, the State Administration for Market Regulation of China (the SAMR) announced it had launched an antitrust probe into Meituan, a national operator of food delivery service, for alleged anticompetitive practices, including forcing merchants not to cooperate with its competitive platforms.
22.04.2021
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On April 12 China’s financial regulators – People’s Bank, Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, Securities Regulatory Commission and State Administration of Foreign Exchange – called for another meeting with Ant Group. On behalf of four authorities, the Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China Mr. Pan Gongsheng addressed the media journalists.
21.04.2021
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The Federal Antimonopoly Service has opened a case against Google, the agency said. "According to the department, the company is abusing its dominant position in the market for video hosting services YouTube. Google's actions lead to sudden blocking and deletion of user accounts," the publication states.
15.04.2021
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On April 13 the State Administration for Market Regulation (the SAMR) of China together with the Central Cyberspace Administration and the State Taxation Administration organized an administrative guidance meeting for Chinese digital platforms.
14.04.2021
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) approved, in the judgment session this Wednesday (04/14), the acquisition of all the share capital of Hub Prepaid and subsidiaries (Hub Companies) by Magalu Payments. The Court endorsed the operation, in short, without restrictions.
12.04.2021
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On April 10 the State Administration for Market Regulation of China imposed 18,2 bil CNY (≈2,78 bil USD) fine on Alibaba Group for abusing its dominant position on Chinese market of online retail platforms. Such decision was made after thorough consideration of nature, degree and period of abuse.
03.04.2021
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On Monday, March 29, the US Federal Trade Commission said it would not attempt to challenge last year's decision of the Supreme Court in the case of semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm. Last year, a US appeals court ruled that the corporation did not violate antitrust laws. Yesterday's FTC announcement marks the end of Qualcomm's four-year antitrust case.
02.04.2021
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The BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre has become a partner of the UNCTAD-UNECE Regional Dialogue on the Role of Competition Policy in the Economic Recovery of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises after the COVID-19 pandemic.
02.04.2021
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense condemned SKF Brasil, SNR Rolamentos Brasil, for cartel practice in the automotive bearings market at the session on 31st of March. Altogether, the fines determined by the Court reach R $ 88.2 million.
29.03.2021
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In March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus pandemic, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense quickly mobilized to institute agile and assertive measures to guarantee a safe environment for all municipality employees and employees. A year passed, and during this period, the measures were consolidated, supported in a spirit of collective assistance and support.
26.03.2021
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Bayer, an agro-technology company, has allocated $ 5 million to finance the plant biotechnology training and research centre, created on the basis of Skoltech. "The funds are intended to provide equipment for laboratories in Skoltech and partner universities, as well as for the implementation of educational programs according to the best world standards," the representatives from Center for Technology Transfer (CTT) of the Higher School of Economics said.
26.03.2021
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"The director of BRICS Competition Centre was interviewed by the leading Chinese news agency Xinhua.
25.03.2021
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The amount of the transaction does not require its approval by the antimonopoly authority. But the Federal Antimonopoly Service warns of risks to competition in such pooling of assets.
24.03.2021
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Recently, WhatsApp published information about new terms of service and a policy for processing user data, which had to be adopted by February 8, but due to the massive churn of users, the adoption of the new rules was postponed until May 15.
19.03.2021
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New Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Transactions were presented by the State Administration for Market Regulation of China (the SAMR) on March 15 during the World’s Consumer Rights Day gala, broadcasted by the CCTV. The Measures are dedicated to provide more details on the implementation of China’s E-commerce Law, with the purpose to enforce regulation of internet transactions in order to guarantee legal interests of all parties, to accelerate healthy and sustainable development of digital economy.  
15.03.2021
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On the 10th of March, the Superintendency General of the Administrative Council of Economic Defense imposed a preventive measure against the IFOOD food delivery app. The company is now prevented from forming new contracts containing an exclusive agreement clause. IFOOD can also not alter arrangements already concluded without the clause of exclusivity to include the restrictive condition until the final decision on the case.
15.03.2021
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The simultaneous sessions of China’s two key political bodies – the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) – took place last week in Beijing. Two annual sessions are considered the biggest political event as they indicate the government’s future goals and priorities for the entire year. During the meetings, the members of CPPCC consult and advise on the major directions of political activity, after that NPC passes national-level decisions.
14.03.2021
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The speech took place within the margins of the international online conference DIE JURNADA GLOBALNY DE LES LIBERTIES TECNOLOGICHE: PARA A DIGITAL HUMANISMUS, that was awarded with the medal from the President of the Italian Republic.
11.03.2021
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According to the Wall Street Journal's sources, Chinese antitrust regulators plan to fine Alibaba the largest amount in China's corporate history. It clarifies that it is likely to exceed $ 975 million, which Qualcomm paid in 2015. Furthermore, the company will be required to abandon the practice of "choose one of two", where the seller is pressured to either sell exclusively through one platform or be banned from it.
10.03.2021
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Administrative Council for Economic Defense published the concentration act's announcement involving the biopharmaceuticals AstraZeneca PLC and Alexion Pharmaceuticals in the Official Gazette on the 10th of March.
03.03.2021
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The FAS Russia received allegations of violation of the antimonopoly legislation by Yandex LLC. The company's actions in the Internet search market contain signs of abuse of dominance.
02.03.2021
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In the judgment session on the 24th of February, CADE approved, with restrictions, a concentration act that provides for the transfer of assets from Plamed to Hapvida. The authorisation of the operation was conditioned to the signing of a Concentration Control Agreement.
01.03.2021
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Recently the Administration for Market Regulation (the AMR) of Zhejiang Province (China) by the means of online supervision system successfully identified that on certain platforms some prices had been the same before the sale day or some goods were sold even cheaper than half-cost. The cases was immediately transferred to the investigation department.
25.02.2021
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The Competition Commission of South Africa has resolved to conduct a market inquiry into Online Intermediation Platforms, as the Commission believes that current market features impede, distort, or restrict competition amongst the platforms themselves.
22.02.2021
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The General Superintendence of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense initiated an administrative inquiry on the 19th of February to investigate possible collusive conduct in the fuel resale market related to price increases in all states of the Federation.
19.02.2021
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The more literate the consumer, the more favourable the conditions for the formation of a competitive market are.
18.02.2021
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Alexey Ivanov's speech opened the Antimopoly Forum at a business breakfast on the 18th of February.
18.02.2021
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At the backdrop of the rapid growth of platform economy and the development of new services and business models, the antitrust regulation is challenged by new forms of anticompetitive behavior. In order to protect fair competition and consumer rights, to promote healthy development of platforms, to encourage innovations and scientific regulation approach, the Antimonopoly Committee of the State Council of China issued the Antitrust Guidelines for Platform Economy (“the Guidelines”). The Guidelines are based on the Antimonopoly Law of China (“the AML”) and dedicated to clarify the principles of antitrust regulation in the context of digital industry.
11.02.2021
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This year on February 12th we celebrate the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar – the Spring Festival. Not just a new year begins, the spring season comes, bringing new life to nature and new inspiration to people.
09.02.2021
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On the 7th of February, SAMR has issued new guidelines on the platform economy business' activity that formalized an antitrust bill issued in November. These new rules target the largest internet platforms and are intended to clarify a number of monopolistic practices that regulators are preparing to tackle.
05.02.2021
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On February 4, 2021, the first meeting of the UNCTAD Anti-Cartel Working Group took place. The meeting was attended by Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Antimonopoly Center, and Anna Pozdnyakova, Research Fellow of the Center.
05.02.2021
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On February 2, Bytedance’s video app Douyin (Chinese version of Tiktok) officially complained to Beijing IP Court against Tencent’s monopolistic practices. The case attracted much attention both in China and abroad, being a first antimonopoly complaint in the internet industry since the release of Draft Antitrust Guidelines for Platform Economy (to solicit public opinion).
04.02.2021
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On the 2nd of February CADE has ended, a process involving cartel in the automotive aftermarket and original parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM) markets.
03.02.2021
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Yandex.Taxi announced the purchase of part of the "Vezet" Group's assets for $ 178 million. Earlier, FAS blocked the deal, but now the parties claim that they have revised its structure and there is no longer a need to request permission for it.
26.01.2021
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On January 20, the People’s Bank of China released the Draft Regulations for Non-Banking Payment Systems to solicit public opinion. The Draft Regulations set a ‘red line’ for third-party payment platforms and are widely considered an antitrust measure, ‘aimed directly at tech giants’.
25.01.2021
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President of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense, Alexandre Barreto, gave an interview to the Regional Competition Center of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Latin America. During the conversation, which was published in the December 2020 newsletter, Barreto addressed the municipality's achievements in recent years and issues such as national cooperation and challenges arising from the pandemic.
22.01.2021
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Russian FAS has imposed fine on Google based on paragraph 7 of Article 7 of the Law on Advertising, which forbids the advertising of goods for the production and (or) sale of which a license or other special permits are required, in the absence of such permits.
20.01.2021
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Administrative Council for Economic Defense approved the acquisition of a set of medicines from Takeda Pharmaceuticals International by Hypera on the 20t of January. The deal involves the holding and commercialization, by Hypera, of product lines such as Dramin, Nebacetin, Neosaldina, Eparema, Xantinon, Nenê-Dent, Albocresil, Venalot, Ad-Til, Alektos and Nesina. The endorsement of the operation was conditioned to the signing of an agreement, which removes competitive concerns.
14.01.2021
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The Eurasian Economic Commission received statements regarding the potential signs of violation of antimonopoly legislation by Yandex and Mail.ru.
04.01.2021
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On the 30th of December 2020, Economic Studies Department of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense released the working document titled - "Measuring the expected benefits of CADE's performance in 2019".
04.01.2021
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Experts from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE) have developed a ten-step plan for the transformation of the selection and seed industry in Russia, aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the agro-industrial complex. A corresponding report entitled "Selection 2.0" was presented at a round table in the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" with the participation of heads of breeding companies and specialised state institutions.
30.12.2020
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On the 21st of December 2020, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense approved with restrictions the acquisition of assets of Sacel - Surveillance and Securities Transportation Services by Prosegur.
30.12.2020
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The State Administration for Market Regulation of China announced on December 24 that it had launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group for the alleged forcing of exclusive dealing, so called “either-or” choice.
26.12.2020
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The Indian government has imposed a penalty for not providing mandatory information about the products sold on its platform by Amazon, the leading e-commerce sector company.
24.12.2020
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Alibaba was suspected of violating antitrust laws. Regulators are exploring the company's "forced exclusivity" policy, particularly Alibaba's requirement for partners not to work with its competitors.
23.12.2020
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On the 22nd of December 2020 South African Competition Commission has released a statement that confirms it as conditionally approved the proposed merger in which Google intends to acquire Fitbit. This merger is also being declared to and reviewed by competition commissions in several jurisdictions, including the EU, USA, Australia, Canada and Japan.
15.12.2020
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On December 10, the first session 11th Meeting of the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform took place via video conference: the distinguished experts discussed the role of competition policy, shared their views and exchanged opinions on whether and how competition policy could complement industrial policy and other economic recovery measures being taken. Under the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the governments and agencies of every country, including developing ones, have been trying to implement economic and health measures in order to protect their economies, businesses and consumers, and the RPP discussion was mainly dedicated to the role of competition policy in a fair and inclusive economic recovery.
14.12.2020
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On December 14, the State Administration for Market Regulation of China (SAMR) published the administrative decisions on Alibaba, China Literature and Hive Box, which had completed economic concentrations with no approval of the supervisory authority: all three companies were fined 500,000 RMB (≈76,500 USD) each for undeclared M&A transaction. The responsible officers of the SAMR Antimonopoly Bureau agreed to provide their commentary on the matter.
11.12.2020
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The Administrative Council for Economic Defense convicted seven companies and two individuals for involvement in a cartel that defrauded the competitive nature of municipal public tenders, held across the country, for the acquisition of Mobile Health Units, medical and dental equipment. The majority of the Court rendered the decision during the trial session on the 9th of December.
07.12.2020
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On the occasion of World Competition Day CUTS International and CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC) held a webinar, which discussed Competition Policy and Access to Healthcare. The session was moderated by Rashid S. Kaukab, Executive Director, CUTS International, Geneva.
26.11.2020
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The arbitration tribunal supported the FAS in a dispute with a customer who entered into a contract for the construction of a fitness centre with a single supplier, citing the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
25.11.2020
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The European Commission fined pharmaceutical companies Teva and Cephalon € 60.5 million for a mutual agreement between the companies to delay the market launch of a cheaper generic version of Cephalon's sleep disorder drug, modafinil, for several years after expiration major Cephalon patents. The fines imposed by the Commission on Teva and Cephalon are € 30 million and € 30.5 million, respectively.
20.11.2020
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On November 12 the General Office of the State Council officially established the first Chinese Interdepartmental Joint Meeting System on fighting the unfair competition.
17.11.2020
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The 12th BRICS leaders summit was held on November 17 via videoconference chaired by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.  
15.11.2020
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One of the key topics on the agenda of the meeting of the BRICS Coordination Committee on Antimonopoly policy held on November 12, was the discussion of the prospects for cooperation between the BRICS competition authorities and the BRICS Competition Centre.
12.11.2020
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Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin appointed Igor Artemyev, who previously headed the Federal Antimonopoly Service, as his assistant.
11.11.2020
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In order to offer even more security and protection to data, information and documents that are being processed by the municipality, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense opened the safe room for Information and Communication Technology on the 10th of November.
09.11.2020
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On November 6, three Chinese authorities – the State Administration for Market Regulation (the SAMR), the Cyberspace Administration and the State Taxation Administration – held a joint advisory meeting on the effective regulation of digital economy. The meeting was also attended by China’s 27 leading tech companies, including JD.com, Meituan, Alibaba, Bytedance, DiDi, Kuaishou etc.
04.11.2020
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In the past few years Chinese state authorities have been continuously implementing the “Speed up, fees down” policy in regards to the Internet services. However, the exact opposite behavior was noticed by the Inspection Group of the State Council of China in Yanjing Polytechnic University.
02.11.2020
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14th Annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference will be held on 3 and 4 November 2020. The conference topic is: “Competition In A Crisis: Competition Policy, Regulation And Enforcement In Unprecedented Times”.
02.11.2020
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The search engine website advertised the investment services of Rypex trading limited, which does not have a license for financial activities.
29.10.2020
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A round table on combating cross-border cartels was held within the framework of the 8th UN Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection. The initiative to have a round table was proposed by the FAS Russia and supported by the UNCTAD Secretariat and UN member states during the 18th session of the UNCTAD Interstate Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy, held in July 2019 in Geneva.
26.10.2020
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The unified approach can form the basis for revising the Procedure for analyzing the state of competition in commodity markets in order to take into account the specifics of the functioning of digital platforms.
23.10.2020
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CADE launched the CADE OECD Notebook on 21st of October. The publication presents the history of cooperation between Brazil and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, mainly concerning the performance of the autarchy as an associate member of the entity's Competition Committee.

22.10.2020
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On October 22, the Round Table Meeting on combatting cross-border cartels was held jointly by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia and the BRICS Competition Centre in the framework of the Eighth United Nations Review Conference on Competition and Consumer Protection. The meeting was moderated by FAS representatives Andrey Tsyganov and Lesya Davydova, who introduced the speakers, addressed the questions and solicited opinions.
20.10.2020
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This May the Administration for Market Regulation (the AMR) of Shandong Province (East China) launched an investigation into the local Ocean Development Bureau, which had reportedly abused its administrative powers to restrict competition.
19.10.2020
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On October, 22 together with FAS Russia BRICS Competition Centre is organizing Round table on Combatting cross-border cartels at the Eighth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices
16.10.2020
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This point of view was expressed by the Deputy Head of the FAS Russia, speaking at a round table in the framework of the XV All-Russian Science Festival at the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov.
14.10.2020
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The document aims to ensure the availability of inexpensive essential drugs for patients.

The Russian competition commission, together with the Russian Ministry of Health, is working on a document that allows indexing prices for vital drugs, the production of which has become unprofitable.
09.10.2020
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The role of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense in combating cartels during the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic was the subject of a debate held on 8th o October. Discussions on the topic marked the fourth day of the National Week to Combat Cartels (NWCC), an event that has brought together authorities and experts in antitrust policy to address best practices against anti-competitive conduct.
06.10.2020
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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is investigating a complaint stating that Google misused its dominant market position in the smart television operating systems market.
06.10.2020
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As declared by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of China, Luckin Coffee (a Chinese coffeehouse chain) was accused of false publicity that misled the public.
02.10.2020
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The State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) launched a targeted inspection of goods, sold or promoted online as “government’s choice”.
24.09.2020
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On 23rd of September, the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) condemned the Association of Hospitals of the State of Ceará (Ahece), for inducing uniform conduct, and nine clinics and hospitals, for the practice of cartel in the market of medical and hospital services in Fortaleza (CE). Due to the anti-competitive conduct, the convicts will have to pay a total of R $ 27.5 million in fines.
23.09.2020
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The ceremony of awarding the winners and honorary winners was held on September 22, 2020, in an online format.
21.09.2020
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The streaming service is unhappy with the single subscription update, which was unveiled on the 15th of September. The Swedish company believes that it creates a non-competitive environment. This is not the first time Apple was accused of non-competitive behaviour. Other companies also oppose Apple's policies, including Epic Games and Telegram.
18.09.2020
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+Given the development of new technologies and in pursuance of the instruction to improve antitrust regulation in the digital economy, which was given by the President of the Russian Federation in the National Plan for the Development of Competition for 2018-2020, the FAS Russia has prepared new legislative initiatives to amend the Law on the Protection of Competition and the Code Of the Russian Federation on administrative offences ("the fifth antimonopoly package").
14.09.2020
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On September 13, Microsoft posted the following statement on its Official Blog:
ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been suitable for TikTok’s users while protecting national security interests.    
14.09.2020
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On September 11, the Competition Law Enforcement Inspection Group of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China held the first plenary meeting in Beijing National People’s Congress Hall. The group intends to inspect and control the enforcement of the Anti-Unfair Competition Law in order to strengthen the effective implementation of competition legislation, to encourage the establishment of the open and competitive market system and to provide the competitive environment on the market with legal guarantees
10.09.2020
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In an order signed on the 10th of September, the General Superintendence of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense recommended to the local authority court the condemnation of Air BP Brasil, BR Distribuidora, Raízen Combustíveis and the International Airport Concessionaire Guarulhos (GRU Airport) for anti-competitive practice in the aviation kerosene distribution market.
03.09.2020
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Russian Association for Copyright Protection on the Internet, which represents the Russian largest book publishers, such as Eksmo-AST, Azbuka-Attikus, Alpina Digital etc., sent a letter to EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, demanding to charge Google for abusing its dominant position on the market
11.08.2020
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The company is deemed to be restricting competition in the tech market, and stifling the route to market of a parental control app.
10.08.2020
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During a challenging year, M&A activity in pharmaceutical markets was lower than experts estimated. Also, there were not many megadeals in Q1 and Q2 compared with 2019 (where the value of the largest deal was $99.5 billion). The biggest deals in the first half of 2020 were Thermo Fisher Scientific / Qiagen ($11.5 billion, COVID-19), Gilead Sciences / Forty Seven ($4.9 billion, oncology), Gilead Sciences / Pionyr Immunotherapeutics ($1.7 billion, oncology), Novo Nordisk / Corvidia ($2.1 billion, cardiometabolic diseases), Eli Lilly / Dermira ($1.1 billion, immunology, dermatology).
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Joint Research Platform
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.