UNCTAD INTERGOVERNMENTAL GROUP OF EXPERTS MADE FINAL CONCLUSIONS

20-07-2018 | 16:04

The 17th session of UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy completed its work on 13 July 2018 in Geneva (France). UNCTAD member-states discussed the final provisions of the 17th  session of UNCTAD IGE and approved the agenda for the next session scheduled for July 2019

 

A principal decision made at the session was extending the mandate of UNCTAD Discussion Group on International Cooperation, formed upon a FAS initiative at the 16th session of UNCTAD IGE (July 2017). The Discussion Group is refining the text of draft Toolkit on international cooperation of competition authorities to counter restrictive business practices and cross-border violations of the competition rules.

 

Head of Russian delegation, Deputy Head of FAS Andrey Tsyganov pointed out: “The decision of the 17th session proposed by Russian delegation and supported by many UNCTAD member-states shows understanding of the importance of developing and strengthening cooperation between competition authorities from different countries and the ability of UNCTAD Secretariat and delegations of the countries participating in the discussion to find compromises and propose mutually acceptable wordings for essential decisions”.

 

According to the final provisions of the 17th session of UNCTAD IGE,  the Intergovernmental Group of Experts: “Expresses gratitude for the report drafted by UNCTAD Secretariat upon the results of the work of the Discussion Group on International Cooperation, formed at the 16th session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts to facilitated information exchange and discussion of the aspects of applying F Section of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices; takes into account the Report on the obstacles for international cooperation and proposals from member-states on improving international cooperation and asks to prolong the mandate of  the Discussion Group on International Cooperation for a year to continue the efforts of the members of the Discussion Group on International Cooperation on a voluntary basis and present a report on their word at the 18th  session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts.

 

Decides to further discuss strengthening international cooperation between competition authorities to counter cross-border anticompetitive practices and mergers at the 18th session in 2019 as a separate item on the agenda”.

 

“FAS welcomes the decision of the 17th session of UNCTAD Intergovernmental Group of Experts on extending the mandate of the Discussion Group on International Cooperation. We have been working intensively under the frame of UNCTAD through the past year and hope to continue our efficient dialogue with foreign competition authorities to discuss the Toolkit draft. We also would like to thank all co-sponsors that supported Russia and emphasized the importance of further discussing the initiative”, commented Head of FAS Department for International Economic Cooperation, Lesya Davydova.

 

Background:

The Toolkit on international cooperation of competition authorities to counter restrictive business practices and cross-border violations of the competition rules (draft Toolkit) is a FAS proposal. It formalizes practical mechanisms and methods of international cooperation between competition authorities. The Toolkit is drafted by FAS and it is designed to accumulate the best practices of international cooperation the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Competition Network (ICN) and is currently under consideration of UNCTAD Discussion Group on International Cooperation. The Toolkit can be adopted as an appendix to the UN Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices and will be advisory.