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International Cooperation

The Authority considers both international as well as national cooperation highly important. The Authority routinely participates in the work of different field-based working groups, networks and organisations.

Competition agencies and sector regulators in various countries share knowledge and experience in the form of bilateral cooperation, but most of the international cooperation is achieved via respective cooperation networks and organisations.

European Competition Network (ECN)

The European Commission´s Directorate General for Competition and the national competition authorities in all EU Member States cooperate with each other through the ECN. As all the members of the network apply the European competition rules, it is necessary for the competition authorities to pool their experiences and share best practices in order to ensure the effective and consistent application of these rules.

European Competition Authorities (ECA)

is a forum of discussion for the competition authorities in the EU Member States, European Commission and the EFTA States to discuss competition related problems and share experiences.

OECD Competition Committee

is a committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, focusing on competition issues in the area that includes all 35 members of the organisation.

International Competition Network (ICN)

is a global network with members from every region in the world ranging from small agencies to large ones with different resources and capabilities. The network is an informal venue and it is mostly addressed to maintain contacts and create convergence towards sound competition policy principles and application thereof.

Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

a European Union Agency was created by the Third Energy Package to further progress the completion of the internal energy market both for electricity and natural gas. As an independent European structure which fosters cooperation among European energy regulators, ACER ensures that market integration and the harmonisation of regulatory frameworks are achieved within the framework of the EU’s energy policy objectives.

Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER)

was established for the cooperation of the independent energy regulators of Europe. It seeks to facilitate the creation of a single, competitive, efficient and sustainable EU internal energy market.

Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA)

is a voluntary organization comprising of independent energy regulatory bodies primarily from Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the United States of America. The Association’s main objective is to increase exchange of information and experience among its members and to expand access to energy regulatory experience around the world.

OECD Network of Economic Regulators

the aim is to share experiences and good practices in different sectors of economic regulation.

European Water Regulators (WAREG)

was created in April 2014 by an initial group of 12 regulators of water supply and sewerage services in Europe. At present, WAREG is made up by regulatory authorities with Member status and 3 regulatory authorities with Observer status, who share the following objectives of cooperation: to exchange and share common practices; to enhance technical and institutional cooperation among WAREG members; and to promote capacity building, stable regulation and consumer protection.

Independent Regulators´Group-Rail (IRG-Rail)

is a network currently comprising independent rail Regulatory Bodies from 30 European countries. The IRG-Rail acts as a platform for cooperation, information exchange and sharing of best practice between national railway regulators in order to face current and future regulatory challenges in railways and to promote a consistent application of the European regulatory framework.

European Network of Rail Regulatory Bodies (ENRRB)

main task is to facilitate the active cooperation of national rail regulatory bodies and information exchange between these bodies and to assist European Commission in the preparation of delegated acts.

European Regulators Group for Postal Services (ERGP)

serves as a body for reflection, discussion and the provision of advice to the European Commission on postal services. It also aims to facilitate consultation, coordination and cooperation between EU countries and the Commission.

European Committee of Postal Regulation (CERP)

examines postal regulatory affairs in a European context taking into account the changes in the borderlines between regulatory aspects and operational aspects in this domain. It also assesses the influence of international regulatory policies.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a universal network of up-to-date products and services. In this way, the organization fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and provides technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes and improve quality of service for customers.

Regional cooperation

The Estonian Competition Authority has very good relations and cooperation with colleagues from neighbouring countries. Often the undertakings are active in many neighbouring countries and authorities are facing similar challenges. Annual meetings take place with Latvian, Lithuanian and Finnish colleagues for discussing competition as well as regulatory issues.