The aim of the protection of market competition is primarily to create benefits for consumers and equal conditions for all entrepreneurs on the market, who, acting in accordance with the existing rules and competing on the market with the quality, price and innovation of their products and services, contribute to the overall development of the economy.

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State Commission for the Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures and Croatian Competition Agency sign a memorandum of agreement

The parties committed themselves to cooperation in the area of competition in the public procurement procedures in all markets in the territory of the Republic of Croatia with the view to ensuring effective competition as well as in other related areas and procedures falling under the jurisdiction of the State Commission for the Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures.

Both authorities endeavour to join forces and contribute to protection and advocacy of sustainable and effective competition policy in the area of public procurement at the same time ensuring free access for entrants to all markets and preventing all forms of possible distortion of competition and abuse of strong market power by the undertakings in the relevant market and connected markets within their scope of action. The cooperation will particularly focus on the detection of cartels in public procurement procedures.

The parties will provide mutual assistance, expert and technical, in concrete cases handled by any of the authorities, expert opinions upon the request of any of the parties and exchange relevant information and data in the area of competition.

The cooperation will also include necessary trainings of the experts from both parties in the area of competition and public procurement procedures, particularly by participating in workshops organized by other authorities and institutions and by organisation of joint trainings, events, round tables and conferences.