SERGEY PUZYREVSKIY: IN RECENT YEARS THE ORENBURG REGION HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY ITS POSITITONS IN TERMS OF DEVELOPING COMPETITION IN THE REGION
It became possible because several years ago the Orenburg region adopted the “Road Map” for competition development
“Developing competition is a very important goal. It is not a coincidence that it is in the focus of attention at the top state level”, - started hi speech Deputy Head of FAS Sergey Puzyrevskiy during his working visit to Orenburg. “The President of the Russian Federation approved the National Competition Development Plan, which, in particular, provides for reducing inefficient state-run companies form competitive markets. Unfortunately, we still have examples when a unitary company comes to such markets and, taking advantage of state support, restrict development of small and medium business in Russia. We must counter such incidents”.
Then Deputy Head of FAS moved to the regional issues. He mentioned that the Orenburg region was one of the first in Russia to approve the Acton Plan for developing competition.
“Such a “Road Map” with a list of priority and socially important markets was adopted already in 2016 with subsequent annual updates. Thanks to it, the positions of the Orenburg region are getting significantly better in recent years - in both FAS ranking and the ranking of the Analytical Centre at the Government of the Russian Federation“, stated Sergey Puzyrevskiy.
“We believe that the experience and measures adopted by the Governor and the Government of the Orenburg region should be extrapolated to other regions of Russia where there are issues with competition development”, informed Deputy Head of FAS.
Head of Orenburg OFAS, Vladimir Okshin, reported about the enforcement practice of the regional antimonopoly body and gave positive statistics on judicial disputes.
“For instance, in 99 % of appeals, decisions of Orenburg OFAS on administrative violations are upheld by Courts. In 95 % of appeals against OFAS decisions on violations of the antimonopoly law, Orenburg Regional Arbitration Court, Appeal Court and Cassation Court support OFAS”, said Head of Orenburg OFAS.
Finally, Sergey Puzyrevskiy and the Governor of the Orenburg region, Yuri Berg, signed an Agreement on Cooperation between FAS and the region. The Antimonopoly authority will continue offering methodological and informational support to the region, particularly, on introducing the so-called “antimonopoly compliance”.