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Technical assistance

Lear’s economists routinely undertake research and technical assistance projects for competition authorities, regulators, IFIs and NGOs. These include: the European Commission (DG Comp and DG EcFin), the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the UK Competition and Markets Authority, the European Parliament,  the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), the Dutch Competition Authority (ACM) and the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (ÙOHS).

Technical assistance comprises a range of activities aimed at helping countries develop more effective institutions and more efficient sets of laws and regulations – so as to ensure that markets work well and that institutions have the necessary power and skillset to govern them where needed. At Lear we undertake research projects, policy evaluations and regulatory impact assessments for regulatory agencies, trade associations and public institutions on topics ranging from competition policy to public procurement from consumer protection to market regulation.

The activities that Lear typically undertakes within a technical assistance projects include inter alia:

  • Sector- specific competition assessments
  • Assessments of public procurement systems
  • Drafting new regulatory frameworks and/or proposals for its modernization
  • Drafting recommendations, action plans and policy guidelines on competition and public procurement based on international best practices
  • Training of officials on competition economics, market regulation and public procurement
  • On-field missions to interview local stakeholders
  • Liaising with local experts and participation to advocacy workshops





Latest Engagements

Technical assistance project in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Joining the European Union is one of the strategic priority of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The alignment of the Bosnian public procurement system to the EU Directives is crucial in the EU accession process. As of now, there are many areas of the overall procurement process that needs further strengthening, including the […] Read more

Technical assistance project in Jamaica: “Creating the framework for a merger review – competition law” (World Bank)

Lear is engaged in a new technical assistance project for the Planning Institute of Jamaica (the Client). The project is financed by the World Bank Group. The main objectives of this assignment are the following: To develop and draft new merger provisions in the Fair Competition Act (FCA) along with its supporting regulations as required. […] Read more

Capacity Building for Bulgaria’s Commission on Protection of Competition (EBRD)

Lear is providing technical assistance to the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (“CPC”) to strengthen the skills and competencies of its officials and case handlers on competition law enforcement. The project aims at building the skills and knowledge necessary for officials and case handlers to perform antitrust and merger investigations in line with best […] Read more

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