The 11th Steering Committee Meeting of the Twinning project for the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine took place

On December 20, 2022, in the online mode the 11th Steering Committee meeting for the Twinning Project for the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (hereinafter – AMCU) “Support to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in further approximation of legal, procedural and case enforcement practices with EU antitrust and merger control practices” (hereinafter – Project), which is being implemented jointly by a consortium of EU Member States, namely Lithuania, Germany and Romania took place.

The aim of the Twinning Project is to increase the effectiveness, transparency and consistency of the antitrust policy in Ukraine on the basis of closer alignment of national antitrust legislation to the legislation of EU Member States in accordance with the requirements of the Association Agreement between European Union and Ukraine.

Šarūnas Keserauskas, MS Project leader, delivered a welcoming address to the participants of the meeting and presented the agenda.

In turn, Olga Pishchanska, BC Project Leader, welcomed the participants of the meeting and expressed gratitude to the representatives of the European side for effective cooperation. Olha Pishchanska focused attention on key achievements on the result of the meeting, which took place offline in Vilnius, in particular, she emphasized the performance indicators in the main directions of the Project.

At the same time, Šarūnas Pajarskas, RTA, presented the practical results of the Project implementation which were achieved during the reporting period, in particular, 47 (remote) missions with stakeholders were held during 119,5 working days: 3 missions with 6 working days for horizontal activities (Steering Committee Meeting), 44 missions with 113,5 working days (regarding the issues of Project implementation), and also underlined the main achievements according to the Components of the Project.

For its part, Chloé Allio, the Head of Operations Section, Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, EU Delegation to Ukraine, expressed gratitude for the cooperation within the framework of the Project. Chloé Allio focused on the main discussions of the meeting and expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation.

Furthermore, Olha Nechytailo, BC Component 1 leader, highlighted the progress in the development of bylaws to the draft Law No. 5431 “On amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine to improve the activities of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine” and emphasized the discussion of controversial issues on Law implementation.

The participants of the meeting reviewed the work plan, discussed the planned activities for all components and plans for the next reporting period.

The meeting was attended by Project experts, representatives of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine and AMCU.

On behalf of the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service Anatolii Sopilka, Head of the Project Management Department and Olena Honcharuk, Senior Consultant of the Twinning Coordination Division of the Unit of Twinning Programme Administration Office activities ensuring took part in the meeting.

For reference: according to the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ukraine “On Approval of the Procedure for Initiation, Preparation and Implementation of the Twinning Projects” as of 11 October, 2016 No 700 the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service coordinates the implementation of the institution building instrument of the European Union Twinning in Ukraine. Furthermore, in accordance with relevant legal acts the National Agency of Ukraine on Civil Service is the coordinator of institution building instrument TAIEX implementation in Ukraine. In order to provide effective coordination of Twinning and TAIEX the Twinning Program Administration Office in Ukraine was established, its functions are performed by the Center for Adaptation of the Civil Service to the Standards of the European Union.

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