What is needed for the development of competition in Ukraine

21 April 2016

The Centre for Economic Strategy (CES) in cooperation with the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) would like to invite you to participate in the panel discussion on “What is needed for the development of competition in Ukraine”. This event will be held on April 26 at 15.00 – 16.30 in the press-center of Ukraine Crisis Media Center (address: Ukrainian House, European Square, 2 Khreshchatyk Street, Kyiv).

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine has developed a document “The Way to Prosperity” defining the basic principles of economic reform in Ukraine. One of the five principles is free and fair competition. Market competition provides the lowest prices and highest quality for consumers. Competition between companies leads to improvement of production efficiency and allows to develop better products, services and technologies through innovation. All these conditions lead to economic growth and improved welfare of citizens.

CES has analysed the best world practices, the Ukrainian situation and prepared its own vision of the strategy for implementation of competition policy in Ukraine. CES experts believe that competition policy in Ukraine should be considered focussing on four areas: natural monopolies and related markets, anticompetitive practices of companies in the market, regulatory restrictions of competition, state aid and competitive neutrality. CES and RPR are initiating a discussion with representatives of public authorities (Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine(AMCU)), members of parliament, economists, scientists, the expert community and media in order to develop recommendations to put to the government.

Discussion questions:

  • Natural monopolies and related markets. Is real competition possible in these sectors: railways, oil and gas, electricity, heating? Do regulators of natural monopolies and related markets work efficiently? What reforms can ensure competition and the effective functioning of these sectors?
  • Anticompetitive practices of companies in the market. Is competition legislation in Ukraine efficient? Does the AMCU need to increase its institutional capacity?
  • Regulatory restrictions on competition. Does the regulatory environment in Ukraine cause excessive barriers to business? How to improve the regulatory environment for increased competition in the markets? How to avoid the introduction of new regulations that hinder competition?
  • Competitive neutrality. How to establish a level playing field for public companies and other market participants, thus supporting fair competition in the markets? How to make state aid for economic entities more transparent and accountable?

Debate format:

  • 4 speeches:
  1. Yuliya Kovaliv, First Deputy, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
  2. Marta Kuzmyn, Senior Economist, the Centre for Economic Strategy
  3. Russell Pittman, Director of Economic Research, Antitrust Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  4. Mariya Nizhnik, First Deputy Chairman, Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine
  • Q&A
  • Discussion

Duration – 1.5 hours.


Hlib Vyshlinsky, Executive director, CES; member of the RPR Board.

Rules of the discussion: participants are free to use sources and make direct quotations.

If you wish to participate in this event, please complete the registration form: https://goo.gl/aQUXCf till 11:00, April 26

If you have partners who may be interested in this discussion, please send them this invitation and provide us with their contact information.

We look forward to your positive response and to your personal participation.