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26/05/2011

Prohibited Agreement in Banking Sector


On 3 March 2011 the Competition Council (CC) decided that 22 Latvian commercial banks have infringed Article 11 Part 1.1 of the Competition Law by participating in the Multilateral agreement on the interchange fee for cash withdrawals at ATM, cash withdrawals at branches, balance inquiries at ATM and the multilateral interchange fee (MIF) on card payments at POS, incl. internet-based POS. The CC...

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17/05/2011

The CC Repeatedly Fines Riga Freeport Authority for Abuse of Dominant Position


On 29 April 2011 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to fine Riga Freeport Authority for abuse of its dominant position, as the Authority restricted actions of a competitor – provider of tugboat services PKL Flote JSC – in the territory of Freeport. The fine was set at the amount of € 149 402. It was established that Riga Freeport Aut...

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13/05/2011

Existing Regulation impedes Price Competition in Medicine Market


On 1 February 2011, the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) published its conclusions of the Sector Inquiry into the pricing system in medicine market in Latvia. In its report, the CC draws attention to the existing problems in this market and explores opportunities to reduce prices by means of competition and appropriate regulation. The main recommendations made by the CC ar...

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27/04/2011

The CC Fines for Prohibited Agreement in Contracts between Anchor Tenant and Owner of Shopping Malls


On 8 April 2011 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision establishing the existence of a prohibited agreement between retail chain (Rimi group) and lessor of selling space in shopping malls Marno J Ltd. The agreement consisted in a prohibition to lease selling spaces to other undertakings without the permission of Rimi group and in restricting the ability of competing specialised food shops to commen...

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15/02/2011

Merger in Telecommunication Market Approved Under Binding Conditions


On 13 November 2010 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to approve the proposed merger of Baltkom group and Izzi group – the second and the third largest telecommunication companies in Latvia. While assessing the proposed merger the CC concluded that it could significantly impede effective competition in paid TV market in capital city Riga...

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15/02/2011

Retail Chain Fined for Overly Long Payment Period for the Delivered Products


On 13 January 2011 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to fine one of the largest retail chains in Latvia MAXIMA Latvija Ltd. for abuse of dominant position in retail trade. It was established that this retailer has applied unjustifiably lengthy payment periods for the products delivered by a small bakery Siguldas Maiznieks Ltd. The fine was set at the amount of EUR 64 029. Retailer was also obl...

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20/12/2010

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...

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16/07/2010

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.

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28/06/2010

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 potenti...

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26/03/2010

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...

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25/01/2010

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 fin...

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25/01/2010

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...

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20/11/2009

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...

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20/11/2009

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)...

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01/09/2009

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...

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