Reinstatement of independent JCRA to be scrutinised
29th April 2021
The Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel has launched a follow-up review to conclude last year’s scrutiny of the demerger of CICRA (Channel Islands
Competition and Regulatory Authority) and reinstatement of JCRA (Jersey
Competition Regulatory Authority) as an independent entity.
Whilst the review was not completed in 2020 due to competing workloads and the
previous Chair’s resignation, the reconstituted Panel has agreed to complete this
review with focus on JCRA’s future work rather than the demerger of CICRA.
Deputy David Johnson, Chair of the Economic and International Affairs Scrutiny Panel,
said “Since the decision to demerge CICRA was announced in April 2020 and the
JCRA began functioning independently from July 2020, the Panel acknowledged the
Minister’s view that re-establishing the independence of the JCRA would better
address competition issues relevant to Jersey. The Panel notes a substantial amount
of work was undertaken by the previously constituted Panel, and that this review will
conclude that work and focus on the future operations of the JCRA.”
CICRA was created in 2010 as an administrative arrangement between the JCRA and
the GCRA (Guernsey Competition Regulatory Authority) to share costs and expertise
to work more efficiently across the two Islands. The Panel will incorporate information
and evidence gathered from the previous review into its report as background.
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