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. The Competition Authority collaborates most closely with colleagues in surrounding countries. Entrepreneurs frequently operate in numerous neighboring countries where institutions face similar problems. With Latvian, Lithuanian, and Finnish counterparts, annual meetings are arranged. In addition to daily close contacts with the competition authorities of Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, traditional joint working meetings, seminars and forums are organised.
BALTIC COMPETITION CONFERENCE
The primary benefit of the yearly gathering of the Baltic states is the exchange of information and experience among the attendees. In addition to Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian competition authorities, colleagues from Finland also actively participate in the meetings.
On 17 November 2017, the Competition Authority and the Georgian Competition Authority signed a cooperation agreement aimed at promoting cooperation and exchanging experience and know-how.
On 07.05.2014, the Competition Authority entered into a cooperation agreement with the Moldovan Competition Council. The purpose of the cooperation agreement is to promote cooperation and exchange know-how. The agreement includes mutual participation in seminars and conferences.
The European Commission and the national competition authorities in all EU Member States cooperate with each other through the European Competition Network (ECN). This creates an effective mechanism to counter companies that engage in cross-border practices restricting competition.
An informal cooperation network linking the European Union competition authorities, the European Commission and the competition authorities of the EFTA States. Meetings are held once a year, where topical issues in the field of competition are discussed and experiences shared.
Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, focusing on competition issues in the area that includes all 35 members of the organisation.
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.
The 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.
CEER was stablished 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.
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.
The aim is to share experiences and good practices in different sectors of economic regulation.
The aim of the Group is to develop a single Baltic and Finnish gas market. The aim of the regulators is to develop a common pricing scheme for the Baltic and Finnish gas markets based on input-output points.
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.
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.
The main task of ENRRB is to facilitate active cooperation of national rail regulatory bodies and information exchange between these bodies and to assist European Commission in the preparation of delegated acts.
An expert group set up by the European Commission, consisting of EU Member States' airport fee regulators, a European airport representative organisation and European and international airline representative organisations. The Thessaloniki Forum is responsible for assisting the European Commission in the implementation of existing EU legislation, programmes and policies, in the preparation of legislative proposals and policy initiatives, and for promoting cooperation and communication between Member States.
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.
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.
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.
Last updated: 10.10.2023