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Discussions on competition

5 April 2013

The State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition in Armenia (SCPEC), within the framework of an EU-funded “On Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid Legislation in Armenia” twinning project, organised a roundtable discussion with journalists and project representatives on 2 March 2013. This was the last event held as the project is drawing to an end, having commenced its activities on 1 February 2011.
The EU Delegation representative on behalf of EU Ambassador to Armenia Traian Hristea, Ludovic Ciechanowski, welcomed participants: ‘For Armenia competition is one of the crucial chapters for the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement negotiations. For obvious reasons any country intending to be associated with EU markets must prepare its economy to be able to cope with competition’.
During the seminar lead by the Chair of the SCPEC, Artak Shaboyan, a number of issues were discussed, including drug-related issues, landline telephony, discount policies, commercial promotions, among others.

‘Our research shows that in many cases the announced discount policies are not truthful; we think they are examples of unfair competition, deceitful practices to confuse the consumers. These practices are universal and we are interested in how they are manifested elsewhere, what kind of problems emerge, and what the attitude of the competition authorities to these practices is’, said Shaboyan.

It was stressed that market competition for goods and services gave incentives to enterprises to conduct business efficiently and to provide goods and services in quantities and qualities which matched consumer needs. Competition promotes innovation and adaptation to changing environments.

The establishment of coherent policies on competition and state aid control are a priority area for the Republic of Armenia. This is highlighted in the commitments stated in the EU-Armenia European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan. In view of this, two EU Member States – Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and Lithuania, represented by the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania – established a consortium for implementing the twinning project.

The project budget was €1,100,000.

Discussions on competition

The State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition in Armenia (SCPEC), within the framework of an EU-funded “On Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid Legislation in Armenia” twinning project, organised a roundtable discussion with journalists and project representatives on 2 March 2013. This was the last event held as the project is drawing to an end, having commenced its activities on 1 February 2011. The EU Delegation representative on behalf of EU Ambassador to Armenia Traian Hristea, Ludovic Ciechanowski, welcomed participants: ‘For Armenia competition is one of the crucial chapters for the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement negotiations. For obvious reasons any country intending to be associated with EU markets must prepare its economy to be able to cope with competition’. During the seminar lead by the Chair of the SCPEC, Artak Shaboyan, a number of issues were discussed, including drug-related issues, landline telephony, discount policies, commercial promotions, among others. ‘Our research shows that in many cases the announced discount policies are not truthful; we think they are examples of unfair competition, deceitful practices to confuse the consumers. These practices are universal and we are interested in how they are manifested elsewhere, what kind of problems emerge, and what the attitude of the competition authorities to these practices is’, said Shaboyan. It was stressed that market competition for goods and services gave incentives to enterprises to conduct business efficiently and to provide goods and services in quantities and qualities which matched consumer needs. Competition promotes innovation and adaptation to changing environments. The establishment of coherent policies on competition and state aid control are a priority area for the Republic of Armenia. This is highlighted in the commitments stated in the EU-Armenia European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan. In view of this, two EU Member States – Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and Lithuania, represented by the Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania – established a consortium for implementing the twinning project. The project budget was €1,100,000.