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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
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
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).
Expert at the BRICS Competition Centre
06.08.2020
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The president of CADE, Alexandre Barreto, signed at a ceremony held on 3rd of August, the Digital Transformation Plan of the 2020/2021. The document aims to establish guidelines to expand CADE's performance in offering digital solutions for services provided to society, as well as promoting the reduction of infrastructure costs.
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.
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.