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20/02/2020

​Court leaves effective a decision of the Competition Council on a prohibited agreement of “Kesko Senukai Latvia” and “Kurši”


The Administrative Regional Court in its judgments of 17 February has rejected applications of AS “Kesko Senukai Latvia” and SIA “Tirdzniecības nams “Kurši”” on cancellation of the decision adopted by the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) on 31 August 2017. In this decision the CC identified a prohibited agreement between manufacturers and traders of building materials on long-term determination of resale prices. Acco...

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06/02/2020

Priority of the Competition Council of Latvia in 2020 – public administrative bodies


The main priorities of the Competition Council (the CC) in 2020 will be related to investigation of cases of most severe infringements, incl. investigation of already commenced significant cases, as well as surveillance of public administrative bodies – state, local governments and their capital companies – on the market.

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06/01/2020

New framework of the competition law in Latvia against competition distortions created by public administrative bodies comes into force


On 1 January 2020, amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia entered into force prohibiting public administrative bodies – the state, local governments and capital companies owned by them – to violate the principle of equal competition by unduly restricting or even deny...

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05/12/2019

Authority holds a discussion conference dedicated to the World Competition Day on equal competition opportunities


On 5 December, the World Competition Day, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) organises a discussion event “Point of Contact: Competition”, which is dedicated to the competition opportunities of public administrative bodies – state, municipalities and capital companies owned by them – and private entrepreneurs, meeting in the business environment. On 1 January 2020, the amendments to the Competition Law come into...

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03/12/2019

The CC imposes fine on one of the largest traders of building materials for non-fulfilment of the company obligation


On 21 November, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision, detecting that one of the largest Latvia’s traders of building materials SIA “DEPO DIY” has not provided full information upon request of the authority during investigation. The competition authority imposed a fine of 701 811 euros on SIA “DEPO DIY” for non-fulfilment of the company obligation.

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27/11/2019

Consumers in Latvia have the most unfavourable pricing mechanism for medicines in the Baltic states


After conducted sector inquiry, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded – even when manufacturers in Latvia set lower prices for medicines than in Lithuania or Estonia, medicines may be more expensive for Latvian consumers due to the existing pricing mechanism. Therefore, the CC encourages the responsible institutions to develop a new mechanism, which would make reimbursable and non-reimbursab...

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04/10/2019

Court leaves effective the interim measures in relation to waste management in Riga


On 1 October, the Administrative Regional Court adopted a decision in favour of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) and left effective the interim measures adopted by the authority. Interim measures are directed to preservation of competition structure on the household waste management market in Riga. Skaidrīte Ābrama, the Chairwoman of t...

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26/09/2019

​Employees of the CC participate in Competition and Consumer Day in Helsinki


Experts of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) participated in experience exchange visit in the competition authority of Finland on 24th - 26th of September. Main topics: merger cases, obtaining and processing of electronic evidence, investigation of the negative impact on competition from activities of public administrative bodies.  The visit happened in ac...

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11/09/2019

The CC strengthens its leading position among the Baltic competition authorities


Despite the insufficient resources of the authority, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has retained its high position in the international Global Competition Review (GCR) rating for the fifth year in a row.The CC received the high three stars rating, moreover, having upward or growth-oriented tendency. In the overview of 37 world’s leading competition authori...

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11/09/2019

The Competition Council adopts a decision imposing interim measures regarding waste management in Riga


On  September 9th the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision imposing interim measures on Riga Municipality and the limited liability company owned by it – SIA Getliņi EKO,–  ordering, inter alia, to immediately suspend the concession agreement in so far as it affects the collection and transportation of separately collected and u...

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04/09/2019

The Competition Council and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau perform joint procedural actions


On 3 September, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia carried out procedural activities. The CC carried out an unannounced inspection at ten largest construction industry companies on the basis of suspicions regarding possible infringement...

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09/08/2019

The CC has developed informative materials for public administrative bodies to reduce risks of distortions of competition


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has prepared an informative material for public administrative bodies.   To eliminate risks of public administrative body groundlessly engaging in commercial activity and causing competition distortion by such action, making difficult or even impossible for private market players to operate on the market, public administrative bodies, when est...

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06/08/2019

​The CC: the low consumer mobility does not facilitate competition among banks in attracting new customers


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded during the bank customers mobility market study, that majority of Latvian consumers consider switching of banks an expensive, complicated and time-consuming procedure. Therefore, consumers are not looking for more attractive offers in terms of price and quality. Whereas the low consumer mobility does not facilitate competition among banks in attracting new custome...

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15/07/2019

The CC carries out unannounced inspection at two construction materials selling companies


On 10 July, the Competition Council of Latvia carried out procedural activities – unannounced inspection – at two construction materials selling companies. The authority performed investigation activities on the basis of suspicions regarding possible infringement of Section 11 of the Competition Law. The Competition Council has concerns that the companies involved have commi...

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08/07/2019

Latvia is the third most active European Economic Area member state in terms of bid-rigging detection


The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) is assessed as the third most active in bid-rigging detection among all jurisdictions in the European Economic Area (EEA), imposing fines in 11 bid-rigging cases in the period from 2016 to 2019 according to analysis carried out by the Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR).  The analysis conducted by PaRR shows, that in all EEA me...

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