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06/12/2018

One entrepreneur out of ten in Latvia is ready to deliberate competition distortion for gaining illegal profit


The public opinion study, implemented by the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) and presented on the World Competition Day, reveals a worrying trend: one surveyed entrepreneur out of ten in Latvia would be ready to deliberately agree with competitors or exercise any other competition distortion to gain illegal profit. Also 8 % of surveyed local governments expressed their readiness to supp...

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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 exper...

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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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14/11/2018

Līga Daugaviete appointed as the Member of the Competition Council; the term of office is extended also for Jānis Račko


On 13 November, the Cabinet of Ministers appointed Ms Līga Daugaviete in the position of the Member of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC). The Cabinet of Ministers also adopted a decision to appoint Mr Jānis Račko for the second term of office in the position of the Member of the CC. In August 2018, perf...

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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 in the p...

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26/10/2018

Latvian competition authority fines Lithuanian company UAB Vaizga for unnotified merger


On April, 2018, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) cleared the proposed acquisition of Latvian company SIA Petrol Property by UAB Vaizga. As the Lithuanian UAB Vaizga failed to submit merger notification before closing the transaction, the CC initiated a formal case investigation. The competition authority fined the Lithuanian company 57 419 EUR for unnotified merger.

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16/10/2018

The Competition Council holds the 6th Lawyers' Forum


On 12 October, the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) held the 6th Lawyers' Forum, which has become a platform, where representatives of the CC and law offices meet on annual basis in order to discuss theoretical and practical issues regarding enforcement and interpretation of the Competition Law. Competition experts discussed current events of the area and looked...

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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 h...

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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-maker...

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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 c...

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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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27/08/2018

The CC reproaches mobile operators about limiting consumer choice during roaming regulation changes


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) concluded, that separate mobile operators, while implementing the EU "roam like at home" rules last year, have promoted only those tariff plans that included the roaming services. The consumers, who are not travelling abroad, had only limited information available on possibilities of choosing cheaper tariffs, i.e., without roaming services, hereby...

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20/07/2018

The CC proposes to open the vehicle technical condition control market for competition


During market supervision in the area of state technical inspection of vehicles, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) detected, that the state groundlessly restricts possibilities of the private sector to provide one of the components of technical inspection – control of technical condition of vehicles. The CC warns, that by groundless restriction of the market development Latvia may infringe le...

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