Mirta Kapural, PhD appointed president of Competition Council

Mirta5 (2)Following the proposal of the Government of the Republic of Croatia in the mandatory procedure carried out after it had published a public call for applications, the Croatian Parliament adopted on 1 October 2021 the decision on the appointment of Mirta Kapural PhD, president of the Competition Council. Preceding this decision, the Croatian Parliament relived Mirta Kapural PhD from duty of the member of the Competition Council.

Mirta Kapural PhD has been employed at the Croatian Competition Agency since 2004. First, she was head of Section – Market in Services in the Anti-trust Division of the Croatian Competition Agency. In 2007 she took a position of deputy head of International and European Cooperation Department and on 25 January 2019 she was appointed member of the Competition Council for a five-year term.

Her jobs particularly involved cooperation with the European Commission and the national competition authorities of the neighbouring and other countries, participation in the Croatian negotiations for the accession to the EU, active participation in the work of the European Competition Network (ECN), the International Competition Network (ICN) and OECD.

During her involvement in international cooperation affairs, she gained practical experience in in the European Commission DG Competition in Brussels. She was engaged as an expert for competition law in the EU twining project in Kosovo and TAIEX project in northern part of Cyprus.

She was the Croatian representative in the negotiations about the Directive to make national competition authorities more effective enforcers (ECN+). From 2016 – 2017 she led the working group for the drafting of the Act on actions for damages for infringements of competition law and from 2019 – 2021 she led the working group for the drafting of the revisions of the Competition Act (Act on the Amendments to the Competition Act).

Ms Kapural stated her career in 1999 in then Ministry for European Integration, where she performed the jobs linked to harmonization of the Croatian legislation with the EU acquis, concretely, she prepared legal opinions about the compliance of the Croatian legislation with the EU acquis in a number of areas of the EU law and in Governmental Office for Human Rights.

After she finished the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, she got a master’s degree in Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex, and in 2012 she achieved her doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb in the area of commercial law and competition law with the thesis “Application of leniency or reduction of fines in competition law”.

Ms Kapural is the author of a series of research and scientific papers in the area of competition law that have been published in domestic and foreign professional journals and books. She regularly takes part in international workshops and conferences about competition law, as a participant or a speaker. She is a lecturer and author of the curriculum on competition law at the State School for Public Administration and a visiting speaker about competition law.