The main topic of the 15th Baltic Competition Conference – competition distortions by public administrative bodies
On 15-16 May, the 15th Baltic Competition Conference takes place in Riga, which is an annual experience exchange event of competition supervisory authorities of three neighbouring countries. In this year, among the most significant competition law application topics particular attention will be paid to competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies – state and local municipalities – and facilities for elimination of such distortion. Lasīt vairāk
The CC publishes guidelines of the Leniency Programme
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has developed guidelines of the Leniency Programme, which gives a possibility to companies involved in cartel agreements to report infringements to the CC. If a company submits and application for the Leniency Programme, it can obtain full exemption from a fine or reduction of fine, as well as exemption from one year prohibition to participate in procurements. Lasīt vairāk
The CC warns the security sector about the high bid-rigging risk
In this year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has warned five security companies for alleged prohibited agreements in public procurements. To reduce bid-rigging risk in the future, the CC in cooperation with the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (PMB) in a seminar has also educated representatives of security companies, including from two associations of the sector. Lasīt vairāk
The CC imposes a fine on SIA “ZAAO” for abuse of market power
On 21 March, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC), imposed a fine of EUR 36 665 on the waste management company SIA “ZAAO”, owned by several municipalities, for abuse of dominant position.  The CC detected, that the waste manager has imposed groundless cooperation conditions on its customers and has applied different fees for identical services. Lasīt vairāk
The CC imposes a fine on retailers' cooperation manager and partner for application of unfair sanctions
On 9 March, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose a fine on SIA “Baltstor”, manager of Mego and Vesko brands, and SIA “Lenoka”, partner operating in the retailers' cooperation of SIA “Baltstor”, for systematic unfair and groundless application of sanctions to suppliers. This is the first decision, where the CC detects an infringement of the Unfair Retail Trade Practices Prohibition Law (URTPPL). Lasīt vairāk
The CC has imposed fines on 20 companies in the total amount of 10.1 million euros in the last year
In 2017, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) detected four prohibited agreements in activities of 20 companies and imposed fines in the total amount of 10.1 million euros. The CC issued five warnings to 15 persons for involvement in infringements concerning prohibited agreements of a smaller scale, whereas non-conformities of several companies to the principles of fair competition were solved through six negotiation procedures. Lasīt vairāk
The CC achieves exclusion of competition restricting standards from regulations on employment
After provided opinions and discussions about groundless competition restrictions in the draft regulations on promotion of employment and raising qualification of unemployed persons, prepared by the Ministry of Welfare, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has achieved, that standards, which restrict the circle of potential service providers (educational institutions), are not adopted in regulatory enactments of the sector. Lasīt vairāk
The CC continues to educate procurement organizers and applicants in 2018
In order to provide knowledge necessary for efficient operation of the state and municipalities, and for fair growth of entrepreneurship and safe operation on the market, the Competition Council collectively with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and the Procurement Monitoring Bureau will continue education of public procurement organizers and applicants about the types of infringements and imposed responsibility also in 2018. Lasīt vairāk
The Competition Council in 2018 will strengthen the Authority, Competition law and Competition culture
The Competition Council (CC) has developed work priorities of the authority for 2018. The most important priorities will include promoting understanding of market participants and public persons about free and fair competition, establishment and prevention of the most severe infringements of competition, as well as strengthening of the capacity of the CC by attracting professional employees. Lasīt vairāk
The CC: milk production in Latvia has low efficiency
In order to discuss the situation on the market due to the rapid decrease of procurement prices of raw milk, the Competition Council (CC) met with the representatives of the dairy industry - cooperatives, processors and retailers - on 22 January. Although participants of the meeting showed different opinion about the current situation in the dairy market, it is to be established that the procurement prices of raw milk are affected by a set of many factors of the local and global market. Besides, adverse changes in demand and prices have a trend to become even more frequent.  Lasīt vairāk
Organizers of public procurements can spot bid-rigging features faster than others
The Competition Council draws attention to the possibilities of procurement organizers to be the first to spot suspicious coincidences in tenders of applicants, which may indicate to possible prohibited agreements of companies. In such cases it is significant for procurement organizers not to be indifferent and report about such suspicious coincidences to the Competition Council. Lasīt vairāk
The CC achieves change of competition restricting conditions of sublease agreements at RIX
After negotiation procedure with the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC), AS “Riga Airport Commercial Development”, which manages sales areas of Riga International Airport and on the basis of mutually concluded agreements leases these areas to other retailers, has changed competition restricting conditions of these agreements with sublessees. Lasīt vairāk
The Constitutional Court recognizes the exclusive rights of the CC to decide on the amount of a fine
The judgement adopted by the Constitutional Court on 22 December recognizes the current degree of administrative court review regarding fines imposed by the Competition Council of Latvia as compatible to the Satversme (the Constitution) and rights to fair trial. It means that also in the future when reviewing a fining decision by the Competition Council the court will not be able to change the amount of the fine by setting the fine itself or increasing it. Lasīt vairāk
World competition experts meet at the Global Forum on Competition
The Global Forum on Competition takes places from 7th December to 8th December 2017 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conference Centre in Paris, France. The forum is organised by the OECD and offers a platform for the world competition practitioners and academics to meet and discuss a wide variety of competition-related topics. The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) is represented by the chairwoman Skaidrīte Ābrama. Lasīt vairāk
Young people discuss the competition significance on the World Competition Day
On 5th December, the World Competition Day, the awarding ceremony at the Competition Council is attended by authors of essays, who participated in the essay contest for secondary school pupils and students “Progress starts where there is competition”, organised by the authority. Lasīt vairāk