The Competition Council Fines Retail Chain for Imposition of Unfair Discounts on Milk Processing Company
On 30 November 2010 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to fine one of the largest retail chains in Latvia RIMI Latvia Ltd. for abuse of dominant position in retail trade. It was established that this retailer has imposed unjustified payments (discounts) on Valmieras piens JSC for the placement of its goods in low price shops Supernetto owned by RIMI Latvia Ltd. The fine was set at the amo...
The CC Finds Distortion of Land Survey Market in Riga
The Competition Council of Latvia (CC) has summarized its conclusions about the land survey sector inquiry. Although no violations of the Competition Law were detected and the competition was found to be strong, the CC concluded that competition situation in capital city Riga is distorted by regulations of local government and operation of a municipal enterprise.
Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Meat Processing Companies
On 8 June 2010, the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between the leading meat processing companies in Latvia – JSC Rīgas Miesnieks and JSC Jelgavas gaļas kombināts. To ensure free choice for retailers and avoid new barriers for potential marketparticipants, binding conditions were set. In order to eliminate the potent...
The Competition Council Discontinues Investigation on the Alleged Infringement By Cemex Ltd. in the Transport-Concrete Market
On 26 February 2010 the Competition Council adopted decision to discontinue the investigation on the alleged abuse of a dominant position by a producer of grey cement, Cemex Ltd. Due to the economic slowdown, the decline in market volume and strong competition, CC found no grounds to establish that Cemex Ltd. abused its dominant position on the gray cement wholesale market with the effect of eliminati...
Court Upholds the Decision on Abuse of Dominant Position by Collective Copyright Management Association
With the decision of 11 December 2009 the Administrative Regional Court rejected a claim of the Collective Copyright Management Association AKKA/LAA against the 1 December 2008 decision of the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) finding the abuse of dominant position. Thus the Court has confirmed the decision of the CC to be sound and legitimate. With its decisions the CC fi...
The Competition Council Fines Two Kiosk Chains for Prohibited Agreement
On 16 December 2009 the Competition Council of Latvia adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between two kiosk chains – Plus Punkts Ltd. and Narvesen Baltija Ltd./Preses apvienība Ltd. – and imposed fines in the total amount of € 146 698. As a result of prohibited agreement both companies almost simultaneously introduced similar commission fees for selling prepaid cards of...
Competition Council detects Prohibited Concerted Practices among Distributors of Samsung Home Appliances
On 30 October 2009 the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision in which it found that concerted practices among five distributors of Samsung appliances infringed Article 81 of the EC Treaty (now Art. 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) and the Competition Law of Latvia. The total fine imposed on the five companies amounted to € 9 423 161. The CC also imposed a legal...
Court dismisses Legal Proceeding in Case on Unfair Discounts applied by Riga International Airport
On 29 September 2009, following an administrative agreement signed between the state owned company Riga International Airport and the Competition Council, the Administrative Regional Court dismissed the legal proceedings concerning the decision of 22 November 2006 of the Competition Council in which an infringement of Article 82 of the EC Treaty (now Art. 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)...
Amendments to the Competition Law
On 1 September 2009 entered into force Amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia. Most substantial issue of the Amendments refer to the merger control. As from September 1 merger notifications have to be submitted not only by those market participants whose combined turnover for the previous financial year in the territory of Latvia exceeded 25 million lats...
Cartel Between Seven Tyre Mounting and Repair Companies
On 27 June 2009 Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between seven companies that offered services of tyre mounting and repair in Jelgava city and region. Fines imposed in total for all seven companies were in the amount of € 11 931. As it was found these seven companies had identical or largely resembling...