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Interview with Arman Shakkaliev, EEC Minister in charge of Competition

Interview with Arman Shakkaliev, EEC Minister in charge of Competition

2/3/2021
Highlights
- International roaming will be canceled within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) by 2025. Russian citizens will be able to use home tariff plan in Kazakhstan, Armenia and other Union countries.
- In 2021, the countries will discuss consolidation of anti-fraud systems of telecom operators from the EAEU participating countries.
- The EEC switches to soft antitrust regulation: businesses are issued warnings and recommendations on how to organize their work to avoid fines: eurasiancommission.org
- International roaming will be canceled within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) by 2025. Russian citizens will be able to use home tariff plan in Kazakhstan, Armenia and other Union countries.
- In 2021, the countries will discuss consolidation of anti-fraud systems of telecom operators from the EAEU participating countries.
- The EEC switches to soft antitrust regulation: businesses are issued warnings and recommendations on how to organize their work to avoid fines.
- In 2020, the EEC Antitrust Unit considered 28 applications on signs of violation of competition rules.
- The Eurasian Commission has prepared guidelines for working with IT giants. The major antitrust challenges in the "digital environment" were geo-blocking (for example, if a paid application fails to operate in all Union countries), "digital slavery" (when one of the aggregator platforms leads in the service sector) and contextual advertising (when dominant companies squeeze competitors from first-line offerings).