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A tender was announced for the development of the price controlling software (hinnakratt) of the Estonian Competition Authority

On 7 October 2021, the Centre of Registers and Information Systems published a procurement notice in the public procurement register, seeking a cooperation partner for the Estonian Competition Authority to develop software for controlling the prices of monopoly services (heat, water, gas, electricity). The developer must develop a solution that allows a large amount of data to be processed automatically, covering the whole process from data submission to decision-making.

The Estonian Competition Authority controls the prices of monopoly services (water, electricity, gas, heat), which form an unavoidable and significant part of the monthly costs of citizens and businesses. With the help of the software to be developed, the procedural process will become easier to monitor and predictably 70% more efficient than at present.

According to Märt Ots, Director General of the Estonian Competition Authority, this is an unprecedented opportunity for the developer. ‘As far as we know, we are the first player in the world of price regulation to have such an ambitious and long-term plan to take the control of the prices of monopoly services to an increasingly higher level. For the developer, this would be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to contribute to making the price regulation process work in line with e-government and set an example to other regulators. This project is the first but very important step in this direction,’ said Märt Ots. The solution created will also offer significant added value to regulated companies, making it easier to submit applications. In addition to the first project, which aims to create a core solution for the field of price regulation, the solution will be further expanded for simpler data processing. ‘The administrative burden for companies would definitely be significantly reduced if we could re-use the data already submitted to the state by the company in the future. In addition, we are analysing solutions that would occupy the data needed for price regulation in real time,’ said Märt Ots.

Approximately 300 companies are subject to the price regulation of the Estonian Competition Authority and the turnover of the sector is approximately 700 million euros. The aim of the regulation is to maintain a balance between the interests of businesses and consumers so that the price level remains at a reasonable level for both parties.

The information hour will take place for tenderers on 14 October 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the the Centre of Registers and Information Systems. In order to participate in the event, prior registration is required at least 1 working day in advance at the address ahto.orumets@rik.ee