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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Vice President of the Competition Council Branimira Kovačević about “COMBATING CORRUPTION AND ENSURING COMPETITIVE MARKET IN CROATIA”

The vice-president of the Competition Council, Branimira Kovačević, MSc, was a panellist in the conference organized by the Faculty of Economics and Business University of Zagreb and the OECD on 16 April 2024 “COMBATING CORRUPTION AND ENSURING COMPETITIVE MARKET IN CROATIA”. The event was part of the “Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness” project, launched by the OECD in 2019 with financial support from Siemens, aiming to bring together government officials, business representatives, civil society, and the academic community to help address country-specific challenges through collective action and best international practices.

The discussion, moderated by Ana Andabaka, associate professor at the Department of Macroeconomics and Economic Development, focused on the topics such as combating corruption, whistleblower schemes and lobbying. In his presentation, Hendrik Bosshammer, PhD from the OECD Global Relations and Cooperation Directorate presented the project’s results for the Republic of Croatia, with a particular emphasis on achievements, challenges, and recommendations in three areas – combating corruption, competition, and public enterprises. Mladen Bručić-Matic, LLM, Director General for European Affairs, International and Judicial Cooperation and Anti-corruption at the Ministry of Justice and Administration, outlined the ministry’s activities in the field of anti-corruption, with a special focus on the recent adoption of the Lobbying Act, which comes into force on 1 October this year. In her presentation, the vice-president of the Competition Council explained the role of the CCA in the implementation of competition rules, citing a case in which the CCA disclosed and sanctioned bid rigging in a public procurement procedure.