- Published: July 1, 2014
EU service contract
Team Leader: Heinrich Hölzler
Responsible at the IRZ: Teresa Thalhammer
The IRZ carried out this project from January 2009 in an international consortium. The project was headed by the GIZ; further partners were the PM Group (Ireland) and EIPA (Netherlands). The project, which had a budget of 4.3 million Euro, was originally set to last 30 months. It was already extended for the third time in December 2012, and ultimately ran until May 2013. During the total of 52 months, finally, a budget of more than 5.3 million Euro was dispensed. The content of the project, which comprised the three components of competition law, state aid and public procurement law, was to modernise the market economy of Ukraine towards the legal standards of the EU. The project work revolved around supporting the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) in the shape of assessment of the consequences of statutes and further training, particularly in competition law. The AMCU was to be expanded to become a modern competition authority. The competences of the AMCU currently include the enforcement of the competition laws, as well as working out implementation guidelines. Additionally, the authority is mandated to hear appeals in public procurement procedures. Both the Ministry for Economic Development and Trade, as well as the Finance Ministry, were beneficiaries of the project. In the public procure award law component, the adoption of the Ukrainian Act on Public Procurement was regarded as the most important success, which was materially deliberated on by project experts, and which came into force in August 2010. Some of the Act's initial shortcomings have been remedied after a minor legal amendment in May 2011, so that the Act can be regarded as a major step in the legal approximation of contract award law towards European standards. Accordingly, Ukraine has also already been included in the EU's official public procurement database (SIMAP). The project work in the state aid component consisted of the adoption of a Ukrainian State Aid Act, which had already been prepared in the draft stage.