Competition Council successfully completed EU Twinning project in Ukraine
The Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy successfully completed the European Union Twinning Project in Ukraine.
The main goal of the project, which took place from 2016 to 2019, was to strengthen the capacities of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) in disclosing anti-competitive behaviour of public and private undertakings, as well as to share the best practices of the EU competition law.
Having been involved in 98 project missions, 14 employees from the Competition Council and competition experts from Germany helped to improve merger control procedures, provided recommendations on sector inquiries and application of competition law provisions. In addition, experts shared their insights on the Ukrainian competition law alignment with the EU legislation, as well as on the priority setting so that the AMCU‘s activities would bring most benefits to consumers and fair businesses.
During the 33-month project, Competition Council hosted two study visits for 15 experts from Ukraine. During these visits, the AMCU’s staff learned about competition law investigations, analysis of evidence, the scope of power to proceed investigations. During their visit to Lithuania, experts from Ukraine examined international experience on the investigation procedures, issues related to secure data transmission network, advocacy efforts, application of EBPO guide on competition impact assessment.
“The Twinning project in Ukraine has been a valuable experience not only for the AMCU, but also for Lithuania. We hope that knowledge shared in the project will contribute to the strengthening of Ukrainian competition authority, increase the efficiency of its investigations, and bring tangible results in the competition law system of our foreign counterparts” – told Šarūnas Keserauskas, Chairman of Competition Council.
It has been the third EU Twinning project that Competition Council implemented with its partners from Germany. In 2013 and 2017, two such projects were completed in Armenia and Egypt.
In addition, since 2016 the Competition Council has been implementing the development cooperation project in Georgia, since 2019 – in Serbia and Kosovo.