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PM accuses competition watchdog of disrupting important tenders

The cabinet is drafting amendments to antitrust legislation.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said that his government will initiate changes to the antitrust laws because the Antimonopoly Committee (AMC) shows signs of corruption.

Groysman said on the government website on Wednesday, 29 November that the AMC actions this year disrupted several large tenders, in particular, the purchase of equipment for the customs service and the construction of new carriages for the national railway.

"The blocking of tenders reveals clear signs of corruption and threatens the development of the state. The activities of the ACU pose a threat to national security. We are working on amendments to the legislation. Everyone involved in corruption should be held accountable by law. I will see that all the guilty are punished," said the prime minister.

In September, Groysman said he would seek the dismissal of the head of the Antimonopoly Committee, Yuriy Terentyev, after the competition watchdog cancelled a tender for the procurement of scanners for the customs service.

Terentyev dismissed the accusations.