Title: Small Insurance Forum I: Horizontal co-operation in a sector of economic insurance
Date and place: 4 June 2007, Warsaw
Organizers: Centre of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies
Speakers: Tomasz Mintoft-Czyż (President of the Polish Insurers’ Chamber), Marek Niechciał (President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection), Prof. Tadeusz Skoczny
The first meeting under the auspices of a discussion platform ‘Small Insurance Forum’, organized by CARS in June 2007 focused on the discussions surrounding a draft regulation of the Polish Council of Ministers on an exemption of co-operation agreements between insurers from the general prohibition of cartels contained in Article 6(1) of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act of 2007.
The substantive part of the meeting contained the presentation of the report prepared by the Centre of Antitrust and Regulatory Studies, on request of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, which concerned the approaching expiration of the previous Polish Regulation exempting agreements between insurance companies. The report was intended to propose a scientific, national response to the question whether an adoption, based on the legislative delegation contained in Article 8 of the Act of 2007 on Competition and Consumer Protection, of a new Polish group exemption for the insurance sector is justified. The need to introduce a new act was associated not only with the expiration of the equivalent act of 2002 but also with the fact that the latter came into force before Poland’s accession to the European Union (EU).