The Lithuanian Free Market Institute has examined the scope of ICT services provided by state-owned enterprises and submitted its comments and proposals to relevant authorities. The analysis revealed that:
- the majority of state-owned enterprises are direct competitors of the private sector in the provision of ICT services;
- by-laws of virtually all state-owned enterprises that are engaged in the provision of ICT services provide for an unrestricted list of possible economic activity, meaning that the expansion of their operation into other sectors is unlimited;
- there is no clear distinction between the functions of public and private sectors;
- many state-owned companies duplicate the services that are already provided by private market players;
- state-owned ICT services providers are plagued by ineffective management and struggle to provide quality services;
- there are no criteria that would help to determine what services and to whom may be provided by state-owned enterprises.
The full analysis (in Lithuanian) Facts and Analysis. State Participation in the Provision of ICT services is available here.