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01/02/2019

Most characteristic features in the competition environment in Latvia in 2018


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted in total 26 decisions in the last year, where infringements of the Competition Law were detected in five cases, thus imposing fines on eight companies. Previously imposed fines in the amount of EUR 445 613 were paid into the state budget in 2018. Bid-rigging – one of the main problems in the competiti...

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25/01/2019

​The CC imposes a fine on OÜ “MM Grupp” for infringement of merger regulatory framework


On 18 January, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) imposed a fine of 32,200 euros on OÜ “MM Grupp”, a company registered in Estonia, which is the owner of the Latvian news agency SIA “LETA”. During the assessment of merger notification of OÜ “MM Grupp” and SIA “LETA”, the Estonian company did not provide the CC with essential information about extensive recruitment of employees from the segregated companies...

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11/01/2019

The CC prohibits MAXIMA to use the retail premises in Riga centre


On 17 December, the Competition Council (the CC) took a decision to prohibit SIA MAXIMA Latvija (MAXIMA) to use the commercial premises in the centre of the capital Riga, at Tērbatas iela 33/35. The CC established that the planned transaction would significantly reduce competition on the relevant market, limit the possibility of consumers to purchase daily consumer products in stores of bigger number companies and...

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18/12/2018

The CC detects forbidden coordination of activities by providers of office equipment maintenance and delivery services


On 7 December, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision, according to which it detected unlawful and repeated coordination of activities between providers of office equipment maintenance and delivery services SIA “TOMEGA” and SIA “BTK.LV”. The CC imposed a fine of 33 268 EUR on SIA “TOMEGA” for bid-rigging in public procurement procedures. Due to liquidation of the other participant o...

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28/11/2018

​The Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia elected as a Member of the Bureau of the OECD Competition Committee


On 27 November, the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) Skaidrīte Ābrama was elected as a Member of the Office of the OECD Competition Committee, thus becoming the first Eastern European representative, who will have a chance to participate in development of OECD competition policy programme and agenda. These election results serve as evidence of world level expe...

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26/11/2018

​The two-year cycle of education of procurement organizers and entrepreneurs is completed


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC), the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (the CPCB) and the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (PMB) within the joint two-year cycle of seminars have educated 600 participants in 11 cities of Latvia. The closing seminar was organised in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, at the premises of the largest association of entrepreneurs – Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry...

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22/11/2018

​For the first time a court in Latvia decides to impose compensation of loss on a public body for a competition infringement


The Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia decided that the Freeport of Riga Authority for engaging in commercial activity, thus infringing the public person law, and subsequent infringement of the Competition Law is obliged to compensate loss of the private company AS “PKL Flote”. The Freeport of Riga Authority is obliged to pay almost 1.35 million euros for the loss incurred by the company.

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31/10/2018

The CC reprimands SEA about superficial analyses of applicants of public procurements


On 24 October the Competition Council of the Republic of Latvia (the CC) met with the representatives of the State Employment Agency (SEA) in order to discuss responsibility of organizers of procurements for identification of prohibited agreements and notification of violations to the CC. In July the Central Finance and Contracting Agency informed the CC about the signs of cartel i...

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30/10/2018

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05/10/2018

​Deficiencies in the system and cooperation among market participants limit availability of reimbursed medicines


During market study on distribution of reimbursed medicines, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) discovered, that there are systemic problems both in the process of distribution and allocation of medicines, thus affecting availability of medicines to consumers. The data obtained during the consumer survey carried out by the CC in the spring of 2018 shows, that 87% of respondents...

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02/10/2018

Procurement organizers negligence facilitated bid-rigging by three amelioration sector companies


On 13 September the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision finding three amelioration companies – SIA “LIMBAŽU MELIO”, SIA “Bauskas meliorācija” and SIA “Meliorācijas eksperts” – liable for bid-rigging in tenders financed partly from European structural and investment funds. The infringement resulted in all companies receiving a total of 70 000 euros in fines.

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28/09/2018

About the control of vehicle technical condition – how a monopoly denies the idea of competition


Author: Skaidrīte Ābrama, the Chairwoman of the Competition Council In the middle of summer, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) caused a storm in the public space by coming up with conclusions that in the area of vehicle technical inspection, more specifically – control of technical condition, there are competition restrictions and policy-mak...

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25/09/2018

The CC: the number of merger transactions increases


In the first eight months of this year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has adopted 12 decisions on mergers, which is by 50% more than last year at the same period. Most frequently consolidation of market participants has taken place among retailers of daily consumption products.  In all decisions mergers were permitted, because it does not significantly affect...

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29/08/2018

Riga City Council groundlessly forces holders of Riga resident's card to use the municipal payment system


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) states that the existing procedure, where holders of Riga resident's card* can receive discounts on parking services in separate areas of the capital only when making payments through a municipal service provider, causes groundless restrictions both for consumers to choose the payment system that is most convenient for them, and for private entrepreneurs to offer their ser...

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