IMPOSING FISH PRICES BY PRIMORIE AUTHORITY CAN VIOLATE THE LAW ON COMPETITION
Rachik Petrosyan: FAS will verify whether regional authorities violate the antimonopoly law
FAS receives statements, particularly, from the All-Russian Association of Fisheries, Entrepreneurs and Exporters with information about actions of Primorie Regional Authority that suggested to “consider” agreements with particular retail chains on supplying fish products at reduced prices.
In its letter, the Regional Authority specifies that the grounds for its initiative was a proposal made by Acting Governor of Primorie, Oleg Kozhemyako, on coordinating ex-works prices by fishing industries.
The Association believes that such actions of Primorie Regional Authority mean consolidated coordination of ex-works prices on the food fish products between particular market agents.
Deputy Head of FAS Rachik Petrosyan said: “Reducing prices for sigh products and other food products is certainly a positive sign for consumers, but such reduction should take place on a lawful, market basis, first of all, through developing competition on sectoral markets rather than fixing target in a particular region. We have one country with common economic space and regional authorities should not go beyond their powers setting their own rules in a separate subject of the Russian Federation. We will analyze the materials obtained from the finishing industries. If actions of Primorie Regional Authority show signs of violating the Federal Law “On Protection of Competition”, FAS shall open a case in line with its statutory obligations and the guilty officials will be held liable”.