EU helps Ukraine develop new competition, public procurement and state aid law

Jan Tombiński, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Jan Tombiński, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine

The €5 million EU-funded project, “Harmonisation of Competition and Public Procurement Systems in Ukraine with EU Standards” (2009-2013), has been a valuable tool in helping the Ukrainian government bring its competition and public procurement policies closer to EU norms and standards. The project held its closing conference on  May 16 in Kyiv. Jointly organised by the EU Delegation, Ukraine’s Economic Development and Trade Ministry, and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, the conference highlighted the key priorities and challenges of EU-Ukraine rapprochement in the competition and procurement fields.

Ambassador Jan Tombiński, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, explained how harmonising Ukrainian public procurement rules with EU standards is a key step toward the signing and effective implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. “Favourable conditions for business activities, a good competitive Ukrainian market and the creation of a level playing field for all market actors are among the key prerequisites for Ukraine’s success in the European Union market,” Tombiński said. To achieve these goals and boost investments in the country, Ukraine needs to effectively fight monopolies and corruption, develop small and medium-sized enterprises, and protect property rights and trademarks, the Ambassador emphasised.

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Jan Tombiński, head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine (centre), Vasyl Tsushko, head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (right), Andriy Ruban, head of the Public Procurement Department of the Ministry for Economic Development and Trade (left)

One of the project’s main outcomes was  a draft law on state aid, according to Vasyl Tsushko, head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. He described how the new legislation aims to ensure “transparent and public procedures for the distribution of state aid.” A parliamentary committee on entrepreneurship, regulatory and antitrust policy has already recommended the Verkhovna Rada adopt the new law. Tsushko also highlighted that the project worked to develop other draft laws to enhance competition, created a modern trilingual website, and helped develop the institutional capacity of the Antimonopoly Committee as a public procurement appeal body.

The EU-funded project contributed to bringing the Ukrainian public procurement system more in line with EU norms, adds Andriy Ruban, head of the Public Procurement Department of the Ministry for Economic Development and Trade. He says the project introduced a new procurement model and framework agreements, developed e-procurement tools, and introduced a number of important laws.

For more information, please address the project’s website

Contact person: Kateryna Karpenko, Project Administrator, tel.: +38 (044) 594 64 31, e-mail: k.karpenko@competitionproject.org.ua

Kostiantyn Romashko, Kyiv