AMCU and EU Project Started Preparing National Specialists on State Aid Regulation

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On 6 April 2016, with the participation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Cabinet of Ministers, Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU), Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Finance, and European experts, a three weeks training programme on state aid commenced for the Committee and the state aid providers.

Training of the AMCU staff responsible for state aid monitoring and control and the staff of state aid providers (state executive bodies of Ukraine) is stipulated by an Action Plan to implement the institutional reform of monitoring and control of State aid to undertakings and the Law of Ukraine “On State aid to undertakings”, as required by the Institutional Development Programme. Moreover, this training is a preparation of the AMCU Unit on State aid monitoring for the future performance of its advisory duties on the functioning of the State aid system in Ukraine for all interested parties.

Anna Artemenko, State Commissioner, Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, made opening remarks and said: “Our main goal as the Authorised body on State aid regulation is to train specialists and raise awareness among providers and beneficiaries of State aid about this new sphere of regulation in Ukraine, which will be fully functioning from August 2017. Together with the Project support we launch this training programme for the second time. It is part of the process of creating Ukrainian specialists on State aid across the government system and creation and operation of a fully functioning national State aid system”.

Dr. Eugene Stuart, the EU Project Leader,said: The Ukrainian Law on State Aid to Undertakings was adopted in July 2014. This represents an entirely new field of law in Ukraine and is linked to specific commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Under the Law, there is a three year period to establish the State aid regulatory system before it becomes fully operational. Training in this complex field will help the future state aid regulator and state aid granters to prepare for the full implementation of the Law after its transitional three year period”.

The training was developed by the Project and will be implemented by the Project together with the EU Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA) and TAIEX Project.

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