On Monday, May
25, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk presented Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of
Ukraine Yurii Terentyev.
Minister urged a newly elected Chairman of the AMC along with employees of the
Antimonopoly Committee "and necessarily with involving your departments to
communicate directly with people and conduct a serious public policy."
He has stressed
that the monopoly in politics "makes former presidents flee to
Russia": "As one who wants to take everything - actually stops the
development of a country, becomes a dictator, thus people rise up against him
and he disappears or appears then in the Hague tribunal."
Monopoly in the
economy, Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted,
"is when you do not have the right to
choose": "There is only one subject who received some powers,
including from the state. You
want to purchase any product and you can buy it only in this company. You
want to get any service, for instance, electrical connections or connection to
gas - and you can go only in one company. You
want to buy cheaper drugs, and you find out that all pharmaceutical companies
set prices for these medical products according to collusion between the major
sellers of certain drugs. There are
not tens but hundreds of such examples."
political and economic monopoly leads to political bankruptcy and economic
impoverishment," he stressed.
Minister emphasized that at this stage "we managed to destroy the
political monopoly": "Anyone who wants to regain the political powers
that had the previous government, will be doomed to
democracy is the basis for the development of normal society."
means democracy in the economy. We need not one, but dozens
of companies. We
need not monopoly, but competition. We
need competition between companies concerning which service to provide, of
which quality and what price to charge for this service. Someone
will choose a more quality service for higher price, someone will choose a cheaper
one - but it's the right of choice," he highlighted.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized that the Antimonopoly Committee of
Ukraine has a task to provide the right of choice for Ukrainians.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined that since achieving its independence,
Ukraine had created "monopolistic cartels, which were based both on
economic and political collusions." "Your
task is to break these cartels, to eliminate anticompetitive collusions, to bring
to light all those behind this, as well as to enable businesses to develop
freely and have equal access to all resources," the Prime Minister asked the
Head and staff of the Ukraine’s AMC.
Among the main
tasks the Head of Government called the elimination of monopolistic collusion
and non-competitive activities on the energy market, "Regional gas
enterprises are actually and legally abusing their monopoly position in the
power companies, under some expert estimates, are also abusing their monopoly
position in the market. "
"That’s why demonopolization of the state energy sector in gas,
electricity, and oil and petroleum products should be one of the tasks of the
Antimonopoly Committee. And
this is what will enable people to get cheaper and better services," he
ultimate goal is a businessman and a person as a recipient of services. If
we think in this format, then we will have a very positive result and perception
of our activities in society," he added.
The second block
of issues for the AMC, the Prime Minister stressed, concerns demonopolization of the market of drugs and medical
products, "This applies to both collusion in the pharmaceutical market,
and the issue of quality of medicines and drugs."
On this issue, Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined, the
Antimonopoly Committee should work jointly with the State Service for Medical Products
and the Health Ministry.