Ten Years of Competition Policy Enforcement since Accession to European Union
1 May 2014 marks ten years since Latvia joined the European Union (EU). In the view of the Competition Council (CC), the cooperation within the European Competition Network (ECN), the mutual exchanges of experience among ECN members and expanded opportunities to detect infringements have been the most important benefits for the enforcement of competition policy.
Competition Council hosts Second Lawyers' Forum
On 25 April, 2014, the second Lawyers' Forum was organized by the Competition Council (CC) of Republic of Latvia. The forum serves as a platform for discussion among specialists of the CC and representatives of law firms specialising in competition law. It was dedicated to current problems of competition law, exchange of experience between lawyers and representatives of the CC, and the search for new ways t...
Low Price as main Criterion in choosing Television Operator
At the end March 2014, the conclusions of a survey on the rating, availability and substitutability of five specialised-content international television channels in Latvia have been published. This survey which was conducted by ResearchCube in the second half of January, was commissioned by the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) to gather informa...
The Competition Council launches Inquiry into Supply of Information Systems to Public Authorities
The Competition Council (CC) started an inquiry into the supply of information systems to public authorities. The CC intends to examine whether competition restrictions in the related markets of development and maintenance of database and information systems may impact competition in the sector concerned. The CC’s decision to open this sect...
The Competition Council concludes sector inquiry into the market of drugs of circulatory system
The Competition Council (CC) has concluded sector inquiry into the market of realization of circulatory systems’ drugs. Within it, the CC analysed the structure and trends of the market, evaluated influencing factors of pricing, and availability and mutual effect of original and generic drugs. Although the manufacturing level of drugs of heart and circulat...
Amendments to Latvian Competition Law planned
In January 2014, ministries and stakeholders concluded discussions on amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia. The amendments will now be laid down in concrete terms before their submission to the Cabinet of Ministers. Those amendments should render the Latvian Competition Law more efficient and optimize and improve the operation of the Competition Council of Latvia (CC)....
The Competition Council fines operator of the national database of public transportation for abusing its dominant position
In the late 2013, the Competition Council (CC) of the Republic of Latvia took a decision to fine SIA „Transporta telemātikas sistēmas”, the operator of the national database of public transportation, for abusing its monopoly and delaying market entry of competing ticket cash registers. SIA &bdq...
The Competition Council sets to change the practice of debt collection of AS „Latvijas Gāze”
AS „Latvijas Gāze” as the only natural gas supplier in Latvia has abused its dominant position in the market by refusing to conclude natural gas vendor contracts with new clients before debts accumulated by previous clients were paid, stated the Competition Council (CC). In order to restore the conditions of fair competition, the CC imposed AS „Latvijas Gā...
The competition and corruption supervisory authorities launch enhanced cooperation
The Competition Council (CC) of the Republic of Latvia and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, called KNAB, have agreed on active cooperation through joint inspections and common informative events, in order to be more efficient on the use of the resources of both authorities. Public procurements is a field with high risks of corruption, as well as of bid rigging; nu...
New Member of the Competition Council appointed
On 7 January 2014, Jānis Račko, former executive director of the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia, was appointed as Member of the Competition Council by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. Mr Račko has been working at the CC since 2001. From 2003 to 2006 he was head of the CC Legal Department. Since 2006, he has performed the duties o...