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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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10/07/2009

Cartel Between Seven Tyre Mounting and Repair Companies


On 27 June 2009 Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between seven companies that offered services of tyre mounting and repair in Jelgava city and region. Fines imposed in total for all seven companies were in the amount of € 11 931. As it was found these seven companies had identical or largely resembling p...

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08/07/2009

Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Alcohol Distribution Companies


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 po...

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08/07/2009

The Senate Annuls Administrative Regional Court's Unfavourable Judgement for the Competition Council in Construction Companies Cartel Case


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.

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01/07/2009

Fines and Legal Obligations Imposed on Distributors of TV Channel TV3


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 irrepla...

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30/06/2009

The Competition Council Detects Road Construction Cartel


On 18 June 2009 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between two road construction companies – Aizputes Ceļinieks Ltd. and Ceļu, tiltu būvnieks Ltd. and imposed fines accordingly in the amount of € 42 490 and € 56 731. Both companies were found guilty of exchanging information in order to increase prices for their services.

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09/06/2009

Supreme Court Upholds the Decision on Abuse of Dominant Position by Telecommunication Company


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...

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01/06/2009

The Sixth Annual Regional/Baltic Competition Conference


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...

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21/05/2009

Computer Wholesaler Fined for Minimal Resale Price Fixing


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 market...

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03/04/2009

Fines and Legal Obligations Imposed on Freeport of Riga for Abuse of Dominant Position


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...

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