Employees of the CC participate in Competition and Consumer Day in Helsinki
On 18 July 2009, Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between alcohol distribution companies „SPV Distributor" Ltd., „S.D.V." Ltd., „L.D.V." Ltd., „MONO M" Ltd. and „S.Alko" Ltd. (principal activity - wholesale and retail of alcoholic beverages) under binding conditions. In order to eliminate the p...
The CC strengthens its leading position among the Baltic competition authorities
On 18 June 2009 Competition Council (CC) fined VIASAT AS (Estonia) and TV3 Latvia Ltd. for the abuse of dominant position in the market of distribution of television channel TV3 on the territory of Latvia. Both companies have to pay fines in the amount of € 67 400 and € 56 915 accordingly. Channel TV3 has been recognized as unique and irrepl...
The Competition Council adopts a decision imposing interim measures regarding waste management in Riga
With the decision of 5 May 2009 the Senator Collegium of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court has dismissed legal proceedings concerning the 17 July 2002 decision of the Competition Council (CC) on fining Lattelecom Ltd. for abuse of dominant position in the market of telecommunication line renting. As this decision can not be appealed and thus CC's decision has become final an...
The Competition Council and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau perform joint procedural actions
On 28 – 29 May 2009 Competition Council of Latvia hosted the Sixth Annual Regional/Baltic Competition Conference, devoted to ex-post evaluation of competition policy enforcement. This event has brought together participants from competition authorities of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Sweden. Conference was organized within the framework of the Twining Light project "Further economic research and...
The CC has developed informative materials for public administrative bodies to reduce risks of distortions of competition
On June 29, 2009 the Senator Collegium of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Senate of the Supreme Court annulled the unfavourable judgement of the Administrative Regional Court and the case were several construction companies were fined for concerted practices in relation to public procurement procedures was transmitted back to the Regional Court for a new reviewing.
The CC: the low consumer mobility does not facilitate competition among banks in attracting new customers
On 14 May 2009 Competition Council of Latvia (CC) adopted a decision on establishing a prohibited agreement in activities of MOBILUX Ltd. by fixing minimal resale prices for the M-LUX computers it produces. CC imposed a fine on Mobilux Ltd. in the amount of € 4 473. Violation was detected while carrying out an inquiry of electronic household appliance marke...
The CC carries out unannounced inspection at two construction materials selling companies
Competition Council (CC) has adopted a decision on imposing a fine in the amount of € 64 029 and legal obligations on Freeport Riga Authority for abuse of dominant position that hindered competition in the market of towboat services in freeport of Riga. After purchasing its own towboats and starting its economic activity in the market of towboat services in...
Latvia is the third most active European Economic Area member state in terms of bid-rigging detection
The Competition Council of Latvia (CC) has summarised its conclusions about the bread market supervision provided during 2008. The aim of this supervision was to evaluate the competition situation in the bread market and to analyse pricing mechanism, by evaluation of balance of forces among market participants in this relevant market. In frameworks of this supervision in bread m...
The compulsory civil liability insurance of owners of motor vehicles market in Latvia requires significant adjustments
On 4 February 2009, after receiving of written pledge from the company SIA „Preses Serviss" ("Press Service" - PS) to fulfil its legal obligations preventing from negative impact on competition, caused by its illegal activities, the Competition Council (CC) has adopted decision to dismiss case investigation on violation of prohibition of abuse of dominant position in actions of SIA „Preses Servi...
One of the main OECD recommendations – to strengthen the Competition Council of Latvia
On 1 December 2008 the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) has adopted decision on Latvian collective copyright management association AKKA/LAA (“Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors Society”) - to impose fines in amount of 11 134 LVL and the legal obligation to dismiss the detected violations for abuse of dominant position by applying unfair royalty tariffs for pub...