The CC warns 34 persons for alleged coordination of activities in the first 6 months
In the first six months of 2018, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has warned 34 persons because of activities which led to suspicion of prohibited coordination within six episodes of alleged infringements. These warned companies mainly operate in three sectors – burial, security and driving school services. Prohibited agreements in procurements a...
Government supports amendments to the Competition Law
On June 26, the Government supported the amendments to the Competition Law, which provides for efficient powers to the Competition Council (the CC) to take actions against distortion of competition caused by public administrative bodies - the State and local governments. The amendments to the Law are necessary because one of the business environment problem...
The CC invites to play roles of cartelists and honest entrepreneurs
On 29 June in Cēsis the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) invited visitors of widely known Latvian conversation festival “LAMPA” to take part in exciting strategic roleplay “Cartel”, where participants had a chance to step into shoes of honest and dishonest entrepreneurs. The purpose of this roleplay was to use an attractive approach to educate the participants about – car...
The CC educates the defence sector about the high bid-rigging risk in procurements
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) in a seminar educates representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the State Centre for Defence Military Objects and Procurement (VAMOIC) about alleged prohibited agreements or bid-rigging in public procurements, which is one of the most severe infringements of the competition law. The defence sector has been under su...
Court: parent companies may be responsible for competition infringements of subsidiary companies
On 17 May, the Supreme Court adopted the decision, pursuant to which it is stipulated in the competition law of Latvia that parent companies may bear joint responsibility for infringements of competition law committed by subsidiary companies. That means that also in the future in cases of competition infringements the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) will be entitled to impose responsibility upo...
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 &nda...
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.
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.
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.
Study by the CC: residents of Latvia have difficulties to acquire reimbursed medicines
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded a survey of residents of Latvia on availability of reimbursed medicines in Latvia, which was conducted within the framework of market surveillance by the authority concerning distribution of reimbursed medicines and related potential competition restrictions. The obtained data shows, that more than 60% of...