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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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09/03/2009

Conclusions about the Bread Sector Inquiry


The Competition Council of Latvia (CC) has summarised its conclusions about the bread market supervision provided during 2008. The aim of this supervision was to evaluate the competition situation in the bread market and to analyse pricing mechanism, by evaluation of balance of forces among market participants in this relevant market. In frameworks of this supervision in bread ma...

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09/03/2009

The Competition Council Comes to Agreement with SIA „Preses Serviss"


On 4 February 2009, after receiving of written pledge from the company SIA „Preses Serviss" ("Press Service" - PS) to fulfil its legal obligations preventing from negative impact on competition, caused by its illegal activities, the Competition Council (CC) has adopted decision to dismiss case investigation on violation of prohibition of abuse of dominant position in actions of SIA „Preses Servi...

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05/02/2009

Information about the Amendments to the Competition Law


1. New provision in Competition Law: dominant position in retail trade Amendments to the Competition Law, Article 13 Such market participant or several market participants who, considering its (their) buying power and suppliers dependence in relevant market, is able directly or indirectly apply or impose unfair and unjustifi...

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11/12/2008

The Competition Council Imposes Penalty on AKKA/LAA for Abuse of Dominant Position


On 1 December 2008 the Competition Council of Latvia (CC) has adopted decision on Latvian collective copyright management association AKKA/LAA (“Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors Society”) - to impose fines in amount of 11 134 LVL and the legal obligation to dismiss the detected violations for abuse of dominant position by applying unfair royalty tariffs for pub...

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