Article 6: Competition

(a) The unilateral and concerted anti-competitive conduct referred to in Article 6(2) are to be defined by each Contracting Party in accordance with its laws and may include exploitative abuses.

(b) “Enforcement” and “enforces” include action under the competition laws of a Contracting Party by way of investigation, legal proceeding, or administrative 47 Energy Charter Treaty action as well as by way of any decision or further law granting or continuing an authorisation.

(1) Each Contracting Party shall work to alleviate market distortions and barriers to competition in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector

(2) Each Contracting Party shall ensure that within its jurisdiction it has and enforces such laws as are necessary and appropriate to address unilateral and concerted anti-competitive conduct in Economic Activity in the Energy Sector

(3) Contracting Parties with experience in applying competition rules shall give full consideration to providing, upon request and within available resources, technical assistance on the development and implementation of competition rules to other Contracting Parties.

(4) Contracting Parties may cooperate in the enforcement of their competition rules by consulting and exchanging information.

(5) If a Contracting Party considers that any specified anti-competitive conduct carried out within the Area of another Contracting Party is adversely affecting an important interest relevant to the purposes identified in this Article, the Contracting Party may notify the other Contracting Party and may request that its competition authorities initiate appropriate enforcement action. The notifying Contracting Party shall include in such notification sufficient information to permit the notified Contracting Party to identify the anti-competitive conduct that is the subject of the notification and shall include an offer of such further information and cooperation as the notifying Contracting Party is able to provide. The notified Contracting Party or, as the case may be, the relevant competition authorities may consult with the competition authorities of the notifying Contracting Party and shall accord full consideration to the request of the notifying Contracting Party in deciding whether or not to initiate enforcement action with respect to the alleged anti-competitive conduct identified in the notification. The notified Contracting Party shall inform the notifying Contracting Party of its decision or the decision of the relevant competition authorities and may if it wishes inform the notifying Contracting Party of the grounds for the decision. If enforcement action is initiated, the notified Contracting Party shall advise the notifying Contracting Party of its outcome and, to the extent possible, of any significant interim development.

(6) Nothing in this Article shall require the provision of information by a Contracting Party contrary to its laws regarding disclosure of information, confidentiality or business secrecy.

(7) The procedures set forth in paragraph (5) and Article 27(1) shall be the exclusive means within this Treaty of resolving any disputes that may arise over the implementation or interpretation of this Article.

 

Evolution of Article 6:
Basic Protocol (20/08/91):
Article 6(1): Article 5.2.c - Energy Policies
BP 2 (11/09/91):
Article 6(1): Article 7.a - Energy Markets
BA 4 (31/10/91):
Article 6(1): Article 7.a - Energy Markets
Addendum to BA 4 (05/11/91):
Article 6(1): Article 7.1a and b + 7.2 - Energy Markets
BA 6 (21/01/92):
Article 6(1): Article 3.6 - Principles
Article 6(4): Article 8.4 - Access to Markets
Addendum to BA 6 (21/01/92)
Article 6(2): Article 8.1 to 8.3 - Access to Market
Article 6(6): Article 8.4 – Competition
BA 12 (09/04/92):
Article 6(1): Article 8.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 8.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 8.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 8 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 8.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 8.4 - Competition
BA 13 (19/06/92) - BA-35 (09/02/93):
Article 6(1): Article 8.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 8.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 8.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 8.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 8.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 8.4 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 8.6 - Competition
BA-37 (01/03/93):
Ministerial Declaration 4 (To Article 8)
Article 6(1): Article 8.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 8.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 8.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 8.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 8.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 8.4 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 8.6 - Competition
(Compromise text) ECT 1 [CONF 50] (15/03/93):
Ministerial Declaration 3 (To Article 7)
Article 6(1): Article 7.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 7.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 7.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 7.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 7.6 - Competition
ECT 2 [CONF 56] (01/05/93) - ECT 3 [CONF 60] (01/06/93):
Ministerial Declaration 4 (To Article 7)
Article 6(1): Article 7.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 7.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 7.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 7.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 7.6 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 7.7 - Competition
ECT 4 [CONF 64] (07/07/93) - ECT 6 [CONF 82] (20/12/93):
Ministerial Declaration 5 (To Article 7)
Article 6(1): Article 7.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 7.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 7.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 7.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 7.6 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 7.7 - Competition
ECT 7 (17/03/94) - Compromise text [CONF 98] (22/04/94):
Ministerial Declaration 6 (To Article 7)
Article 6(1): Article 7.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 7.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 7.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 7.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 7.6 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 7.7 - Competition
Interim Text (20/06/94) - Interim Text (25/06/94):
Understanding 7 (To Article 7)
Article 6(1): Article 7.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 7.2 - Competition
Article 6(3): Article 7.3 - Competition
Article 6(4): Article 7.4 - Competition
Article 6(5): Article 7.5 - Competition
Article 6(6): Article 7.6 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 7.7 - Competition
CONF 104 (Text for adoption) (14/09/94) - Final Act and ECT as adopted (17/12/94):
Understanding 7 (With respect to Article 6)
Article 6(1): Article 6.1 - Competition
Article 6(2): Article 6.2 – Competition
Article 6(3): Article 6.3 - Competition  
Article 6(4): Article 6.4 - Competition 
Article 6(5): Article 6.5 - Competition         
Article 6(6): Article 6.6 - Competition
Article 6(7): Article 6.7 - Competition