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Study by the CC: residents of Latvia have difficulties to acquire reimbursed medicines

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded a survey of residents of Latvia on availability of reimbursed medicines in Latvia, which was conducted within the framework of market surveillance by the authority concerning distribution of reimbursed medicines and related potential competition restrictions. The obtained data shows, that more than 60% of...

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The CC imposes a fine on retailers' cooperation manager and partner for application of unfair sanctions

On 9 March, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose a fine on SIA “Baltstor”, manager of Mego and Vesko brands, and SIA “Lenoka”, partner operating in the retailers' cooperation of SIA “Baltstor”, for systematic unfair and groundless application of sanctions to suppliers. This is the first decision, where the CC detects an infringement...

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The CC has imposed fines on 20 companies in the total amount of 10.1 million euros in the last year

In 2017, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) detected four prohibited agreements in activities of 20 companies and imposed fines in the total amount of 10.1 million euros. The CC issued five warnings to 15 persons for involvement in infringements concerning prohibited agreements of a smaller scale, whereas non-conformities of several companies to the principles of fair competition were solved th...

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The CC achieves exclusion of competition restricting standards from regulations on employment

After provided opinions and discussions about groundless competition restrictions in the draft regulations on promotion of employment and raising qualification of unemployed persons, prepared by the Ministry of Welfare, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has achieved, that standards, which restrict the circle of potential service providers (educational institutions), are not adopted in regulatory en...

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The CC continues to educate procurement organizers and applicants in 2018

In order to provide knowledge necessary for efficient operation of the state and municipalities, and for fair growth of entrepreneurship and safe operation on the market, the Competition Council collectively with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and the Procurement Monitoring Bureau will continue education of public procurement organizers and applicants...

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The Competition Council in 2018 will strengthen the Authority, Competition law and Competition culture

The Competition Council (CC) has developed work priorities of the authority for 2018. The most important priorities will include promoting understanding of market participants and public persons about free and fair competition, establishment and prevention of the most severe infringements of competition, as well as strengthening of the capacity of the CC by attracting professional employees.

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The CC: milk production in Latvia has low efficiency

In order to discuss the situation on the market due to the rapid decrease of procurement prices of raw milk, the Competition Council (CC) met with the representatives of the dairy industry - cooperatives, processors and retailers - on 22 January. Although participants of the meeting showed different opinion about the current situation in the dairy market, it is to be established that the procurement prices...

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Organizers of public procurements can spot bid-rigging features faster than others

The Competition Council draws attention to the possibilities of procurement organizers to be the first to spot suspicious coincidences in tenders of applicants, which may indicate to possible prohibited agreements of companies. In such cases it is significant for procurement organizers not to be indifferent and report about such suspicious coincidences to the Competition Council.

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The CC achieves change of competition restricting conditions of sublease agreements at RIX

After negotiation procedure with the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC), AS “Riga Airport Commercial Development”, which manages sales areas of Riga International Airport and on the basis of mutually concluded agreements leases these areas to other retailers, has changed competition restricting conditions of these agreements with sublessees. SIA...

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The Constitutional Court recognizes the exclusive rights of the CC to decide on the amount of a fine

The judgement adopted by the Constitutional Court on 22 December recognizes the current degree of administrative court review regarding fines imposed by the Competition Council of Latvia as compatible to the Satversme (the Constitution) and rights to fair trial. It means that also in the future when reviewing a fining decision by the Competition Council the court will not be able to change...

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World competition experts meet at the Global Forum on Competition

The Global Forum on Competition takes places from 7th December to 8th December 2017 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Conference Centre in Paris, France. The forum is organised by the OECD and offers a platform for the world competition practitioners and academics to meet and discuss a wide variety of competition-related topics. The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) i...

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Young people discuss the competition significance on the World Competition Day

On 5th December, the World Competition Day, the awarding ceremony at the Competition Council is attended by authors of essays, who participated in the essay contest for secondary school pupils and students “Progress starts where there is competition”, organised by the authority. In their essays, secondary school pupils and students provided their vision about the significance of competition in their own dai...

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Competition Authority celebrates 25th Anniversary of Promotion of Fair Competition in Latvia

On 16 November, during the anniversary conference on promotion of fair competition “Towards fair competition: past, present, tomorrow” former and the current chairpersons of the competition authority, representatives of the state and local governments as well as entrepreneurs discussed the achievements of application of the competition law over passed during 25 years and future challenges of the...

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The CC applies binding conditions on acquisition of MTG Broadcasting AB

On 6 October, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to approve UAB Bite Lietuva acquiring of companies of MTG Broadcasting AB Group in Latvia. The CC has applied several binding conditions on the merger to prevent possible harm to competition on the television programme wholesale market and advertisement placement market on television. Acc...

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The CC imposes a fine to construction materials producers and retailers for a long-term price fixing

On 31 August, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision regarding prohibited agreements between construction materials retailers and imposed a fine in the amount of 5.8 million euro to SIA DEPO DIY, AS Kesko Senukai Latvia, and SIA Tirdzniecības nams Kurši. Before this decision administrative agreements were concluded with SIA Knauf and SIA ...

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