International cooperation

The Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania (KT) cooperates with the European Commission and EU competition authorities in the European Competition Network (ECN).

KT is an active participant in various international forums: ECA, OECD, ICN. 

Cooperation with foreign competition authorities is essential in KT activities as well. 

In 2015 the consortium of German and Lithuanian competition authorities were selected to implement the EU Twinning project on strengthening institutional capacities of Ukrainian Competition Authority.

The Competition Council will implement the project in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany. Ukrainian Competition Authority will have an opportunity to learn about the system of competition enforcement in Germany and Lithuania.

Facts and numbers:         

  • Twinning partners: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania, Ukrainian Competition Authority;
  • Project duration – 32 months;
  • Budget – EUR 1,8 million;
  • Lithuanian Competition Council‘s representatives in the project: Šarūnas Keserauskas, Jūratė Šovienė, Jurgita Brėskytė, Julius Bučys, Jolanta Ivanauskienė, Ieva Jakubavičienė, Giedrė Jarmalytė, Dina Lurje, Šarūnas Pajarskas, Eglė Pažėraitė, Jurgita Ratkevičiūtė, Elonas Šatas, Ana Selčinskienė.
 
On 4 April 2014 the consortium of German and Lithuanian competition authorities were selected to implement the EU Twinning project on building the capacities of the Egyptian Competition Authority.

The Competition Council will implement the project in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany. The Egyptian competition authority will have an opportunity to learn about the system of competition enforcement in Germany and Lithuania.

Facts and numbers:

  • Twinning partners – Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania, Egyptian Competition Authority;
  • Project duration – 24 months;
  • Budget – EUR 1,1 million;
  • Lithuanian Competition Council's representatives in the project: Jurgita Brėskytė, Giedrė Jarmalytė, Jolanta Ivanauskienė, Šarūnas Keserauskas, Dina Lurje, Justina Paulauskaitė, Eglė Pažėraitė, Elonas Šatas, Jūratė Šovienė.

The Twinning project "Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid", which started on 25 January 2011 finished on 28 March 2013.

In order to achieve the goals of the project, the Competition Council experts and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology exchanged the best practices with the State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia on competition rules and implementation of the supervision of state aid, helped to prepare a report highlighting recommendations for the amendments of the existing competition legislation and state aid legislation, as well as provided seminars to the Armenian Competition Authority and other Armenian state institutions, lawyers, media.

Facts and numbers:

  • Twinning partners – German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania, State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition of the Republic of Armenia;
  • Project duration – 26 months;
  • Budget – EUR 1,1 million;
  • Seminars and roundtables – 35, participants from Armenian state bodies, courts, media – 345;
  • 10 competition and state aid experts from Lithuania shared their best practices with colleagues from Armenia;
  • Competition Council's representatives in the project: Deputy Chairman J. Šovienė (Project leader), Adviser on Economic Analysis Š. Pajarskas (Resident Twinning Adviser in Armenia), Chairman Š. Keserauskas, Deputy Chairman E. Šatas, Council Member J. Ivanauskienė, former Council Member S. Cemnolonskis and other experts.

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On 16 December 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia, the Competition Council and the Competition Agency of Georgia signed the memorandum on partnership in the field of competition law enforcement. The authorities agreed on the following:

  • to take all possible measures to encourage the development of competition policy, competition law and competition advocacy;
  • to promote the creation of a competitive environment, to prevent actions that are aimed at or may result in the distortion or restriction of competition in the markets;
  • to exchange information within the framework of joint projects in the field of the competition law enforcement, to hold mutual consultations;
  • upon the request of the Parties, to appoint appropriate specialists and experts for the arrangement of joint meetings, seminars, workshops and symposia in the field of the competition law enforcement.

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The European Commission and national competition authorities in all EU Member States cooperate with each other and ensure the application of effective competition rules through the European Competition Network (ECN), which was launched on 1 May 2004. 

Lithuanian Competition Council is engaged in the cooperation with other EU competition authorities in cases where Articles 101 (anti-competitive agreements) and 102 (abuse of dominance) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union are applied: the Competition Council participates in various working groups organized by the European Commission to exchange the best practices and experience.

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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established on 14 December 1960 by signing a convention which transformed the Organization for European Economic Cooperation into OECD. At present the organization consists of 34 members. Besides, OECD cooperates with more than 70 countries which do not belong to the organization. Lithuania seeks to become a member of OECD and hopes to start the negotiation on membership in 2015.  

Lithuanian contribution to OECD:

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The International Competition Network (ICN) was created on 25 October 2001 in New York to improve worldwide cooperation in competition policy. ICN includes 96 competition authorities from all over the world. 

The Competition Council has been a member of ICN sice 2002.

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During the second half of 2013, Dina Lurje, former Head of the Anti-competitive Agreements Investigation Division, chaired the Competition Working Group at the Council of the European Union on the Proposal for a Directive governing the actions for damages for infringements of the competition law provisions of the Member States of the European Union. Representatives of the Competition Council and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as their colleagues from the EU also participated in the Working Group.

The Working Group managed to compose a draft for the Directive which was upheld by the EU Competitiveness Council on 2 December.

 

Last updated: 16 06 2016