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The CC Clears Purchase of SIA Rīgas piensaimnieks

On 25 September, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia cleared Meridian Capital CIS Fund purchase of SIA Rīgas piensaimnieks. In the decision, the competition authority foresees that such merger will not to distort competition and will develop export capacity and increase the purchase of raw milk in Latvia.

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Court agrees with the Competition Authority to fine the National Gas Supplier

On 2 September, the Administrative Regional Court confirmed the Competition Council’s (CC) decision to impose the only natural gas supplier in Latvia – AS „Latvijas Gāze” – remedies to change the practice of debt collection and a fine in the amount of 2.2 million euros for abusing the dominant position.

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Competition Authority warns 15 Undertakings

In the first half of 2015, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has issued warnings to 15 undertakings under suspicion of breach of the Competition Law. Most warnings have been issued to tenderers of public procurements, thus once again proving that procurements in Latvia still is an area most exposed to competition distortions. The CC can issue a warning inst...

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Latvian Competition Authority launches Draft Merger Guidelines

In August 2015, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia launched to the public consultation the draft version of the merger guidelines. Merger guidelines are to ease to merger participants fulfil all requirements for submitting a complete merger notification. As the CC has concluded during its experience of merger review and multiple surveys carried out to identif...

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Competition Authority fines 11 Tenderers of Logging Procurement

On 14 July, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine 11 undertakings for coordinating their tenders with one or several other tenderer in a public procurement of timber preparation. For such actions, the fine was imposed in the total amount of EUR 70 003.44. The prohibited information exchange was carri...

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Video: Nobody gains from a Cartel

The Competition Council of Latvia launches a video to promote competition culture and to raise awareness of market participants and the society about the competition law. The video takes a close look at the most severe competition infringement – cartel. It gives a brief explanation on why coordinated activities o...

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Competition Authority analyses Cooperation of Food Retailers

The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has concluded sector inquiry into the market of cooperation networks/purchasing associations of food retailers. Within the inquiry, the CC analysed the competition situation and identified problems that have to be averted by retailers by the start of 2016 when a new Unfair Retail Practice Prohibition Law enters into force. 

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State Authorities: Funeral Service Industry Needs to be Reformed

The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia together with the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (CRCP) and the State Revenue Service (SRS) conclude that the market of funeral services lacks a regulatory framework, therefore the competition is distorted and consumers are adversely affected. The CC, the CRCP and the SRS suggest consumers to carefully evaluate service components and prices, and recommend responsibl...

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The Competition Council agrees to conclude an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga Authority to immediately eliminate Distortion of the Competition in the Riga’s Port

On 12 June, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia signed an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga Authority (FRA) which anticipates that the FRA ceases to provide commercial services of tug boats, thus, terminating unlawful targeting of private tugboat service operators that lasted for more than seven years. For abusing its dominant position, a fine was imposed on the FRA in the amount of EUR&n...

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Suppliers to be protected against Unfair Commercial Practices

On 21 May, the Saeima adopted new Unfair Retail Practice Prohibition Law and related amendments to the Competition Law in order to balance interests of retailers and their suppliers. The law is designed to prevent food retailers from using their market power to apply exploitative requirements to suppliers. The new regulation prohibits the food retailers to set an...

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12th Baltic Competition Conference held in Latvia

On 8 May, the Competition Council of Latvia hosted the annual regional 12th Baltic Competition Conference in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The conference was devoted to four topics: detection of prohibited agreements, merger and acquisition control, dominance and sectorial issues and communication, competition advocacy and strategic issues. The event brought together pa...

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Strong and fair competition - a pathway to economic growth

Riga, 7 May 2015 – The European Competition Day Conference on 7 May served as a platform to world’s leading competition law experts, representatives of EU competition authorities, Latvian entrepreneurs, representatives of NGOs and national administrative authorities, academics, judges and lawyers focusing on competition law to discuss the best solutions to ensure that competition policy makes the market...

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Conference in Riga to discuss more effective competition protection

On 7 May 2015, the European Competition Day Conference will take place at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. It will bring together leading European and international competition law experts to discuss topics relevant to the EU Member States – tackling cartels, the co-existence of state and private enterprises in markets, and the lack of balance between the market power of retailers an...

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Competition and Consumer Authorities draw Conclusions on Electricity Market Opening

The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has concluded a sector inquiry into the electricity market, while the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (CRPC) has evaluated offers and draft contracts by electricity traders, as well as has received the first complaints from consumers regarding the opening of the electricity market in Latvia. The CC stresses – in gen...

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The CC fines Fuel Dealers for Unnotified Merger

On 12 March, the Competition Council (CC) fined fuel dealers – SIA LUKoil Baltija R and SIA Akselss – for not submitting a merger notification timely. Both undertakings secretly operated as one undertaking since December, 2010, while a merger notification to CC was submitted only in early 2015. 

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