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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").
18.09.2020
Innovation Energy
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.    
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
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.
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
The company is deemed to be restricting competition in the tech market, and stifling the route to market of a parental control app.
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.
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.
03.08.2020
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.
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.
23.07.2020
Cartels
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.

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.

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
Cartels
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.
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.
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
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.
08.07.2020
Pharmaceuticals
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.
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.
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