EU Facilitates Dialogue on Competition in Ukraine
On 17 – 18 March 2016, the V Competition Forum of Ukraine was held with the support of the EU-funded Project. The event was attended by the Authorised Government Officials of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, MPs, heads of European competition agencies, international experts, representatives of governmental agencies, professional associations, Competition Fund, and the EU Project.
Deputy Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Vadym, Glamazdin, greeted the Forum participants on behalf of the Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk.
The Forum has become a platform for dialogue and exchange of experience in the field of competition and for discussion of the ways to improve Ukrainian competition policy and legislation in the context of implementation of the provisions on competition of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The Forum participants discussed various aspects of bringing the law enforcement practice of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in line with international standards and debated over the impact of reform of competition law and policy on the markets and consumers. State aid regulation was also one of the most discussed topics.
Head of the Antimonopoly Committee, Yuri Terentyev, said: “The Antimonopoly Committee recognizes the importance of the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and, therefore, is already introducing the best European practices and improving the legal framework in compliance with the EU standards.”
Anne-Sophie Dupont, a representative of the European Commission, complimented the recent progress achieved by the Antimonopoly Committee and assured the EU’ readiness to provide assistance for further establishment of transparent and efficient competitive environment. Ms DuPont also said that the next step should be the introduction of a fully functioning state aid monitoring system.
Team Leader of the EU Project, Dr Eugene Stuart, spoke on state aid regulation in Ukraine, as a tool to promote competition. Dr Stuart said that the main purpose of adopting the EU State aid regulatory system in Ukraine is to allow only State supports to the business sector that do not have undue negative impacts on market competition and trade.
The Forum was organised by the Competition Fund and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, with the support of the EU Project.