Sergey Kolesnikov at the conference of entrepreneurs’ rights commissioners
The VIII All-Russian conference of entrepreneurs’ rights commissioners in Moscow was attended by Presidential commissioner for entrepreneurs’ rights Boris Titov, regional business ombudsmen, entrepreneurs, public activists and representatives of government bodies. The participants discussed a number of important topics, such as how to run business in Russia and protect rights of entrepreneurs.
The conference has a special session with the Head of Federal antitrust service Igor Artemyev, during which participants discussed contentious issues of antitrust and tariff regulation, among them the difference in fees, which amounts to 8 to 12 times and depends on the subject of the Russian Federation. Igor Artemyev mentioned that public authorities work on balancing tariffs and for their analysis plan to use benchmarking and comparable uncontrolled price method.
The experts discussed the draft law of the FAS of Russia. The document proposes amendments to the Administrative Code, which can establish differentiated administrative responsibility for concluding cartel agreements depending on the level of social threat. The draft law was developed after the annual report of the Presidential commissioner for entrepreneurs’ rights. The ombudsman for antitrust law Sergey Kolesnikov suggested proposals to ease acting norms. According to Mr. Kolesnikov, the given draft law is another step forward to protect entrepreneurs’ rights. Nevertheless, further reduction of liability is required, as some articles of the draft law make responsibility for cartels even more severe.
During the discussion, the Head of Federal antitrust service Igor Artemyev agreed to examine the detailed regulation of verification activities performed by the Antitrust service. The representatives of the Russian business and public organizations anticipate cooperation with the FAS of Russia in developing the antitrust legislation.
“We are glad that we managed to establish a constructive dialogue with representatives of the Antitrust service. The situation has already improved significantly. The authorities, including FAS, pay attention to what business says. We hope that in the nearest future we can substantially improve the conditions of entrepreneurship activity in our country”, commented Sergey Kolesnikov.