"Why the Antimonopoly Service is not an antimonopoly service”

11-09-2017 | 10:18

That was the title of the lecture given by Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS Russia), Igor Artemiev to students of St Petersburg State University on 8 September 2017.

He started his lecture with some historic references: “A definition of cartels was given in the Russian Empire as far back as in 1845 under Nikolas I in the Penal Code. The punishment for collusion of merchants on the market was 8 months of imprisonment. The law was in force and there are records of such investigations and punishments”.

“The Federal Antimonopoly Service was formed in 2004 and its first goal was reforming the legislative framework. Four “antimonopoly packages of laws” were adopted, as a result the regulatory environment in Russia improved greatly. OECD acknowledged that it meets the best world standards”, stated Igor Artemiev.

Head of the Antimonopoly Service highlighted the most widespread violations of the antimonopoly law, that FAS most frequently faces in its practice: abusing dominance and bid-ridding.

He also talked about economic digitalization and challenges to the antimonopoly bodies of different countries regarding this problem. Currently it is one of the key issues for discussion in terms of international cooperation. It will also be covered at the Competition Week in Veliky Novgorod, where representatives of the antimonopoly authorities from more than 30 countries will get together”, pointed out Igor Artemiev.

Head of FAS also discussed tariff regulation. In his view, the Law “On natural monopolies” has long been obsolete, and it’s time to give a new definition of natural monopoly. He explained: “We assume that tern “natural monopolies” can be used only for those entities that have linear extended network facilities.  That is, not the entire “Gazprom” but only its pipe; not electric networks with all accompanying communications but only the network themselves; and this is the situation in all fields”. According to the Head of the antimonopoly body, modernizing the law will give incentives for development in all segments and allow regulating tariffs where competition is already sufficiently developed, “putting everything in the proper way”.

Visiting St Petersburg, the Head of FAS also had a meeting with University Rector, Nicolai Kropachev, and took part in the opening of the Department of Theory and Practice of Antimonopoly Regulation at St Petersburg State University.


Site Map

News & Events Press Releases Media Releases Image Library About the FAS Russia What We Do General Information Mission, Goals, Values Priority Setting Institutional Memory Stakeholders Engagement Center for Education and Methodics Our History Our Structure Powers of Head and Deputy Heads Our Ratings GCR Using our website International Cooperation Treaties & Agreements International Working Groups Working Group on Research of Competition Issues in the Market of International Telecommunications (Roaming) Meetings Working Group for Studying Competition Problems in the Pharmaceutical Sector Concept Note Meetings OECD Competition Committee OECD meetings 2013 OECD meetings 2014 OECD meetings 2015 OECD meetings 2016 OECD meetings 2017 FAS Annual Reports OECD-GVH RCC RCC Newsletter ICAP Council on Advertising Headquarters for Joint Investigations UNCTAD 13th session IGE UNCTAD Resolution Russian contributions 14th session IGE UNCTAD Resolution Russian contributions 15th session IGE UNCTAD 16th session IGE UNCTAD UN Conference Resolution of the Conference Russian contributions EEU Model Law on Competition ICN BRICS WG (Markets of Social Importance) EU APEC Competition Policy and Law Group Annual meetings Projects ERRA Full Members Organizational Structure Archive Working Group on Investigating Issues on Pricing in the Oil and Oil Product Markets and Methods of their Functioning Meetings Document Library Legislation Reports & Analytics Cases & decisions Contacts Give feedback Contact us Links Authorities Worldwide