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نویسنده [English]چکیده [English]
Chapter 9 of the Act of Amending Articles of the Act of the Fourth Economic, Social and Cultural Development Plan of Islamic Republic of Iran, which addresses competition facilitation and prohibition of monopoly, has designated the Competition Council as the highest regulatory body on functioning of economic actors and diverse markets to provide access to healthy competition and achieving high purposes of the Act through identifying anti-competitive practices and preventing monopolistic conducts. Functioning of the Competition Council indicates that the body has been faced with difficulties ever since its establishment in a way that prevent its optimal performance. Using field research, seminar sessions and expert dialogue with scholars and experts of competition and monopoly and with members of the Council, the article analyses its organizational and legal challenges as well as its challenges in relation to National Competition Center. The findings of the research show that although the current challenges of the Council must be seriously addressed, it is expected, due to independence and legal powers of the Council, to witness access to healthy competition in Iranian markets and achieving sustainable economic development after overcoming the challenges.