Programme on cooperation between the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and the Finnish Competition Authority for 2006-2007

08 february 2006 13:31
 
Type: Regulatory legal acts FAS

Programme on cooperation between the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and the Finnish Competition Authority for 2006-2007



The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (hereinafter -FAS Russia) and the Finnish Competition Authority (hereinafter - FCA), hereinafter referred to as Parties,

setting themselves the object to implement the Agreement on Cooperation between the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Antimonopoly Policy and Promotion of New Economic Structures and the Office of Free Competition of Finland signed on 21 September 1994,

approved the current Programme on cooperation for 2006-2007.



1. In compliance with the Article 2 of the Agreement and pursuant to the confidentiality rules fixed by the legislation of the States of the Parties, the Parties are to secure:

a) in the field of exchange of legal and other normative documents as well as information exchange:

providing of the other Party with the texts of laws and other legal acts which make the ground to the Party's activity;

providing of the other Party with elaborated methodological materials on the Party's directions of activity;

providing of the other Party with statistic data on the activity of the Party and its Regional Offices;

exchange of the information and methodological materials concerning information systems of observance, analysis and control over commodity markets (including the issues related to the forming of databases and organization of data collection and processing).

Transfer of materials shall be realized in English or in the Parties languages via international mail or at the meetings of the Parties' representatives.

b) in the field of organizing meetings of the Heads of Authorities:

holding of a meeting in Moscow to discuss the process of realization of the current Programme on cooperation and issues of mutual interest:

November 2006,

holding of a meeting in Helsinki to sign the Programme on cooperation for the next period:

November 2007.

c) in the field of organization of traineeships aimed at exchange of experience:

holding of traineeships for competition policy specialists (2 persons, for 5 days):

first half-year in 2006 and 2007 - in Moscow;

second half-year in 2006 and 2007 - in Helsinki.

The acknowledgment of specialists of the Parties with the Parties Regional Offices activity is possible at the request of the Parties.

The Parties shall organize meetings, exchange of experience with specialists from other bodies of State power according to the subject of traineeship.



The above paragraph is realized at the presence of financial resources of the Parties.

d) in the field of holding symposiums, conferences, seminars:

invitation of representatives of the other Party to participate in symposiums, conferences and seminars on competition policy issues.

The above paragraph is realized at the presence of financial resources of the Parties.



e) in the field of expanding cooperation between Regional Offices of the Parties:

attraction of the specialists of the Parties' Regional Offices to participate in seminars and traineeship;

rendering of the methodological and information assistance to Regional Offices of the Parties in setting direct contacts.

2. In case of need, the Parties provide each other with informational and consultation assistance for implementation of tasks in the sphere of competition policy determined by legislation of the States of the Parties.



Provision of information is carried out in conformity with the legislation of the State of the providing Party.



Each of the Parties informs the other Party on the ongoing investigation if this investigation is conducted with regards to economic entities, registered on the territory of the State of the other Party, as well as in those cases, when anticompetitive actions of economic entities, by the opinion of the informing Party, are able to affect the interests of the other Party.



Provision of information is carried out on the base of a request submitted by one of the Parties, which includes the purpose of the information use, description of the case circumstances with attachment of all relevant documents. The requested information is provided within the time agreed by both Parties, but not later than within forty five days from the date the request has been received. The Party, which receives the request, informs immediately the other Party on circumstances, which could cause failure to provide the requested information or nonobservance of the given period.



The Party upon its initiative - as well as upon a request of the other Party carries out the transfer of information concerning the actions of economic entities and Athorities of the Parties States, which contradict the national legislation of the Parties and require certain measures aimed at insurance of the observance of competition legislation on commodities markets of the Parties States.



The Party, which received the specified information is liable to use the information only for the purposes specified in the enquiry and has to observe all conditions of confidentiality in accordance with instructions of the Party, which submitted the information, but not less, than it is envisaged by the legislation of the State of the Party received the information.

3. FCA will assist FAS Russia in acquaintance with experience of integration into the European system of competition law.

4. Coordinators for the Programme implementation are:



on behalf of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation

Ms. Jane Yarygina



on behalf of the Finnish Competition Authority

Ms. Leena Eerola

5. Budgeting of cooperation will be normally exercised as follows: the receiving Party covers all the expenses on the visit of specialists of the other Party, including transport expenses inside the country of visit. Travel expenses on the trip to the hosting country and back are to be covered by the sending Party.



6. In case of need the Parties shall have additional consultations on issues concerning implementation of the Agreement and the Programme on cooperation.



7. The current Programme on cooperation is valid till December 31, 2007. Activities that have been started but not finished are to be taken into account when making a Programme for the next time period.

8. The Parties will agree the next Programme on cooperation till 31 December 2007.

Performed in 8th of February 2006 in two copies, in Russian and English languages each, both are of equal force.







For the Federal Antimonopoly

Service of the Russian Federation



Anatoly Golomolzin

Deputy Head





For the Finnish

Competition Authority



Juhani Jokinen

Director General

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