Estonian Competition Authority
The experts from the Estonian Competition Authority will participate in the development cooperation project titled “Enhancing the protection of free market competition in Moldova through education and good governance”, which is being financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Aid funds and carried out by the Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology.
According to the Estonian development co-operation strategy for 2011-2015, Moldova is one of the priority partner countries for Estonia. Recent years have seen an increase in bilateral co-operation due to the rising demand in Moldova for Estonian expertise and know-how as well as an increase in funds available for development co-operation. Strategically the Estonian development co-operation with Moldova concentrates on education, good governance and democracy-building, as well as support for economic development and environmental sustainability. The present project is scheduled to take place during September 2012 – August 2013 and will contribute to the protection of free market competition in Moldova through a series of professional training and educational activities targeting Moldovan public officials, legal practitioners, business community, academia and larger society. These activities will cover the following focus areas: antitrust enforcement including criminalization of competition law, merger control and market inquiries, investigations and evidence gathering techniques, education and good governance.The experts from the Estonian Competition Authority will be involved in following activities: reviewing the new Competition Act, assisting in the drafting of the by-laws, providing feedback on the enforcement practice of the Moldovan competition authority, providing practical training to the Moldovan officials including the application of new technologies in the process of antitrust investigations and complex economic assessments. The Estonian experts from the Competition Authority and the Tallinn Law School are going to work closely with their Moldovan colleagues from the newly established Competition Council (former National Agency for Protection of Competition), the National Energy Regulatory Agency and the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology. It is expected that the Estonian experience in the harmonization of the legislation and practices with the EU standards, criminal antitrust enforcement, combination of competition and regulatory functions within the single institutional structure will contribute to the emerging competition enforcement practice in Moldova.