Competition Development in Russia: Existing Problems

Competition Development in Russia: Existing Problems


The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev instructed the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), together with the interested federal executive authorities, to prepare and submit to the government by March 10, 2020, a draft of the national plan for the development of competition for 2021-2025. This information was published on the website of the Government of the Russian Federation following the results of the 29th meeting on August 29, 2019, dedicated to the state of competition in the Russian Federation.

Opening the government meeting, Dmitri Medvedev noted that healthy competition is one of the critical conditions for the development and functioning of a market economy in the country and the best mechanism for selecting practical ideas and solutions.

The head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation Igor Artemyev delivered a report on the state of competition in Russia and existing problems. The 13th annual report turned out to be rather voluminous. It examined a variety of competition issues in different sectors, such as healthcare, education, agriculture, construction, telecommunications, IT, and many others. The report also formulated the proposals of the FAS to improve the competitive environment in these areas of economic activity.

Igor Artemyev noted in. His report that the Russian economy is faced with challenges such as the growing weight of digital technologies. The original proposals in the 5th digital antitrust package were not fully approved and adopted. FAS continues to work with the GPU. However, the coordination is still slow due to differences, which decelerates progress.

The main task in terms of developing competition for the coming year is the preparation and adoption of a new national plan for the development of competition in Russia for 2021-2025, which will ensure the development of competition in the country at the federal, regional and municipal levels.