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 procurement from consumer protection to market regulation.
The activities that Lear typically undertakes within a technical assistance projects include inter alia:
Lear provided technical assistance services to the Jamaica’s Fair Trading Commission (“FTC”) to strengthen its competition advocacy strategy. Key steps of the projects have been: an extensive review of all past advocacy efforts carried out by the FTC since 2005; a review of international best practices; a comprehensive stakeholders’ consultation, in two waves: first, an […] Read more
During the past year, Lear has carried out a capacity building project for the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) in Bulgaria. The project, sponsored by the EBRD, was aimed at strengthening the skills of the CPC officials on competition law enforcement and public procurement. Lear has delivered seven classroom based trainings on the enforcement […] Read more
Over the past years, Serbia has been actively engaged in the modernization of its public procurement system. Since the first Intergovernmental Conference on Serbia’s accession to the European Union, Serbia has been working on the EU integration agenda, and, in particular, on the negotiation of Chapter 5 which relates to public procurement. In 2014, Serbia […] Read more