Combating cross-border cartels
On June 1, 2021, the 3rd meeting of the UNCTAD Working Group on Combating Cross-Border Cartels was held. Alexey Ivanov, Director of the BRICS Competition Centre, and Anna Pozdnyakova, Researcher, took part in the discussion. The meeting participants discussed practical cross-border cases investigated in the Eurasian Economic Union and Malaysia and discussed the challenges and difficulties that the antimonopoly authorities face when considering cases beyond their territories. The central issue of the meeting was the discussion of the results of the Working Group's activities and areas for further work. The FAS representatives noted the extreme importance and practical significance of this Working Group for competition authorities. In view of the large number of unresolved issues related to the fight against cross-border cartels, it is necessary to think about the development of a document on the UNCTAD platform to counter this type of anti-competitive practices. Anna Pozdnyakova noted: "The BRICS Competition Centre is currently conducting empirical research on the challenges that competition authorities face when considering cross-border cartels. More than 50 competition authorities have already participated in the study. The results now show that more than half of the respondents support the establishment of international standards and the consolidation of tools and methods for combating cross-border cartels at the global level. In this context, we see global support for the proposal of the FAS Russia on the further work of the UNCTAD Working Group. " A report on the Working Group activities will be presented in July 2021 at the 18th session of the UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy.
Digital conference “The Promise of Computational Competition Law and Economics
UNCTAD-UNECE Regional Policy Dialogue on the role of Competition Policy in supporting MSMEs economic recovery in the post COVID19 crisis
The UNCTAD Regional Policy Dialogue is an interactive discussion organised in collaboration with UNECE and in partnership with the BRICS Competition and Policy Center. This Regional Dialogue will bring together representatives and officials of government MSME bodies, as well as competition authority representatives from across the region to discuss how competition policy could support MSMEs in their recovery post COVID-19 with a specific focus on market access. The event will prioritise sharing experiences and best practices that have emerged during this crisis. The event will be held via Zoom and include simultaneous multilingual interpretation in English and Russian. This is an invitation-only event.
DIE JURNADA GLOBALNY DE LES LIBERTIES TECNOLOGICHE: PARA A DIGITAL HUMANISMUS
First digital day 2021 - Diversity and technological liberties. Presented by the Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Florence, in collaboration with the Foundation for Forensic Training of the Florence Bar Association - Forensic School, Harvard Law School, Sapienza University of Rome , European University Institute, University Institute of Studies superiors of the Florentine university, BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre, San Beda University, Yale Law, Law & Policy center and Government offices of Sweden.
Access to Healthcare and Competition Policy
We are pleased to invite you to attend the Webinar titled “Access to Healthcare and Competition Policy,” jointly organised by CUTS International (Geneva) and CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (New Delhi) on the eve of the World Competition Day.
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16 - 19
VI BRICS Competition Conference
Over the past 10 years, the BRICS competition authorities have continuously deepened practical interaction and created the necessary institutional system for the further progressive development of multilateral cooperation. An important institutional element in the joint work of the antimonopoly authorities of the BRICS countries has become the BRICS Competition Conference. In 2009, the Conference was first held in Russia in the city of Kazan. Since then, the Conference has been regular and takes place once every two years alternately in the BRICS countries (2009 - Russia, 2011 - China, 2013 – India, 2015 - South Africa, 2017 - Brazil). In 2019, the Conference will be held for the second time in the Russian Federation and will be held under the leitmotif “10 years of successful cooperation between the BRICS competition authorities: results and prospects”.
06 - 07
FAS December Conference
The December Conference has been hosted (annually) in Moscow for many years and supported by the Russian Competition Authority (FAS) and the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development. Every year we choose relevant topics for discussion in the field of international competition law and policy enforcement. This time we are focused on one of the hot issues - an adaptation of antitrust regulation to the needs of the digital economy. Internet use has grown enormously in the past two decades; however, governments and regulatory agencies have struggled to keep up with rapidly changing internet technologies and developing digital markets. We intend to invite an array of academics and competition authorities’ officials from BRICS countries. The conference will give a chance for researchers and legislators to assess the limits of competition, consumer protection, and privacy laws in an advanced algorithm driven environment to reflect on enforcement gaps and policy implications that regulatory bodies such as competition commissions face in a fast-developing digital economy. The sessions will be dedicated to topical issues of modern antitrust law, such as the dominance of digital platforms, control of global transactions of economic concentration in new conditions, countering cartels in the digital age, abuse of intellectual property rights, tariff regulation, control of state order, etc.
Roundtable "Anticompetitive Practices of Big Pharma: the response of the Competition Authorities of BRICS+"
The session was organised in a Q&A format. Participants will answer three question categories from the moderator. The first concern is the main types of anti-competitive practices of the global players in jurisdictions in a state of development, and ways to combat them. The second phrase of discussion will concerned the progressive measures of antitrust response to anti-competitive practices, and the curb of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry: how can the antitrust regulator actively help innovation? The third issue was related to the discussion of the preventive measures of antitrust response. The approaches of the BRICS countries' competition authorities to global economic concentration will be discussed with this question in mind: how is it best to jointly respond to the challenges of the growing global oligopoly in the field of high-tech pharmaceuticals? The speakers set to participate in the discussion are key international experts in the field of antitrust from Europe and Asia, BRICS countries, and representatives of regulatory authorities. The session was attended by the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, Igor Artemyev, who also made closing remarks at the session.
International Conference on Issues of Antitrust Regulation and Intellectual Property in the New Economy: a Sino-Russian Perspective
This conference became the most recent step in the Institute's progress in strengthening relations between the scientific community and the competition authorities of the BRICS countries and was aimed at the development of cooperation with our Chinese partners and the development of joint approaches to regulation of the new economy based on the circulation of knowledge. Discussed during the conference were general issues of the application of competition law to the markets of the new economy, and the peculiarities of individual sectors therein, biotechnology for example, with cases from the practice of the antitrust agencies of China and Russia and a number of mature economies. At the conference, in addition to representatives of the academic community of China, were representatives of Russia and several countries of Europe and America, with detailed reports made by the heads of the antitrust authorities of China and judges of the country's higher courts.