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CC cancels unjustified competition restrictions applied on training of the unemployed

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAfter holding discussions and listening to reports from experts, the Competition Council has decided to lift restrictions prepared by Welfare Ministry in regulations that govern measures aimed at combating unemployment, thereby making sure that rules potentially limiting the range of education institutions are not added to the final document.

«Last year, the Competition Council found unjustified competition restrictions in several of Welfare Ministry’s prepared regulations for the attraction of education institutions to help retrain unemployed people and job seekers. Regulations included a certain criterion that stated how only institutions provided with vocational education competence centre status were allowed to perform retraining of unemployed people. It is worth mentioning that acquisition of this status is a rather difficult process, especially for private education institutions,» reminds the council.

CC turned the ministry’s attention towards the fact that such a requirement would deny education institutions that lack the aforementioned status the right to offer their services and help retrain unemployed people.

The competition council believes the criterion in regards to vocational education competence centre would not ensure increased involvement of potential service providers, considering that one of the criteria for provision of said status is that the education institution provide vocational education, whereas further vocational education and professional development programmes involve people who had acquired education and experience, but not at a sufficient amount.

Therefore institutions that do not provide secondary education, most of which are private education institutions, would not be able to participate in equal competition with institutions that do, and most of which are state-owned institutions, to provide education for a specific target audience – the unemployed and job seekers, the council notes.

After several discussions with Welfare Ministry, representatives agreed to exclude requirements that limit competition from the final document.

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