The Interstate Council for Antimonopoly Policy is the basic platform for interaction of the antimonopoly authorities of the CIS Countries. It was established in 1993 aiming at coordinating of formation by the Member-Countries of the CIS of the legal and organizational basis for the purposes of prevention, restriction and suppression of anticompetitive practices and unfair competition within the CIS Economic Area. The legal framework for the activity of the ICAP were established by Treaty on Implementation of the Coordinated Antimonopoly Policy dated December, 23, 1993.
The field of the issues discussed by the ICAP covers all spheres of the competition authorities’ activities of the CIS Countries. In the future, the interaction of the CIS Countries may become the basis for the formation of the supranational regulation system of competition relations in the transboundary markets within the CIS, an analogue of the European model of regulation.
Nowadays, the ICAP includes representatives of 10 CIS Member-Countries –the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
Sessions of the Council are held regularly – at least twice a year, and, as a rule, in the capitals of the CIS Member-Countries by turns.
On January 25, 2000, in Moscow, the new Treaty on Implementation of the Coordinated Antimonopoly Policy (hereinafter referred as the Treaty) was signed at the meeting of the Council of the Heads of the CIS Governments.
To achieve the effective cooperation which would stimulate even deeper integration of the CIS Member-Countries the ICAP Members adopted the Regulation on Cooperation of the States in Suppression of the Monopolistic Activity and the Unfair Competition (hereinafter referred as the Regulation) which forms an integral part of the Treaty.
The Regulation provides for mechanisms of cooperation of the CIS antimonopoly authorities in investigations of violations of the antimonopoly legislation, of participation in terminating transnational anticompetitive practices and of protection of domestic producers at international and domestic markets.
Within the framework of its operations and following the decisions adopted in the course of its sessions, the ICAP performed the analysis of the antimonopoly legislation of the CIS Countries in order to develop the common approaches to the harmonization.
At the ICAP sessions, the Participants exchange opinions on recent developments in their national antimonopoly legislation and on the overall economic situation with the subsequent information exchange on the most interesting cases currently considered.
In the course of its activity, the ICAP has achieved the following results:
- decrease of antimonopoly law infringements on the international markets of the CIS Countries;
- development of competition both in the domestic markets and in external economic activities;
- elimination of barriers in the movement of goods and services within the CIS Economic Area
In 2013 the ICAP celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its formation.
The work carried out by the ICAP has reached a qualitatively new level. To increase the interaction between the antimonopoly authorities of the CIS Countries, the participants of the ICAP made the decision to conduct joint investigations of anticompetitive practices in the CIS transboundary markets. For this purpose, the Headquarters for Joint Investigations of the Violations of the Antimonopoly Legislation in the CIS Countries was established in 2006.
Chronology of Sessions
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Report on the Promotion of Competition in the Pharmaceutical Market
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Results of the Assessment of Pharmaceuticals Affordability
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Сoordinated Antimonopoly Policy Agreement
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MoU between competition authorities of Korea, Latvia, Romania and the ICAP
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