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Chairwoman’s Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama interview with ABA's The Antitrust Source

In this interview with The Antitrust Source the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama discussed competition environment in Latvia, what has been accomplished over 25 years (since Latvia’s independence was restored) and what need to be done to promote competition development in all sectors of national economy for the benefit of all society. &nb...

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Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama appointed to a second term as Chairwoman of the Competition Council

Today, on 20 June, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia appointed Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama for a second five-year term as Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC). The Chairwoman of the CC Mrs S. Ābrama: “I would like to thank all my colleagues for their continued support, enthusiasm, dedication and passion that makes our job so effective. The...

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The CC detects bid-rigging by four security companies

On 11 May, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) took a decision to impose a fine on four providers of security services – SIA “Bruks”, SIA RK “Nivios-LTD”, SIA “Puma” and SIA “Lat Jur Fin” – for lasting and systematic implementation of bid-rigging in public procurements. For this infringement of competition law the companies were imposed a fi...

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The CC: Most frequently a supplier of school uniforms is selected imprudently

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) calls schools, where wearing uniforms is a mandatory requirement for students, to select the supplier of uniforms responsibly and consider offers of several companies. If the selected suppliers fail to ensure a qualitative service or fulfilment of contractual obligations, other companies have to be looked for, thus, promoting competition also among sewers of unifor...

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The CC detects bid-rigging among distributors of professional stage equipment

On 30 May, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose a fine on nine companies, which had coordinated their activities within the framework of procurements of public and municipal authorities and cultural institutions owned by these authorities on acquisition of professional video, lighting, sound equipment and stage equipment. The CC imposed a fine in the total amount of 473,08...

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The CC allows SIA “MAXIMA Latvija” to open a store in “DOMINA Shopping”

On 13 April, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to allow SIA “EfTEN Domina” to grant to SIA “MAXIMA Latvija” (MAXIMA) the right to use retail sales premises at the shopping centre “DOMINA Shopping” in Riga, Ieriķu Street 3. By assessing the existing conditions, the CC concluded, that the market share...

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The existing liabilities cannot serve as an obstacle for choosing another natural gas supplier

Since opening of the natural gas market in Latvia and, respectively, opportunities for entrepreneurs to choose a natural gas supplier with the most suitable offer, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) actively follows, so that rules of fair competition would be observed while the market situation is changing. In each market liberalization situation, the inc...

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The CC, CPCB and PMB launches a cycle of seminars in the largest cities of Latvia

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (the KNAB) and the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (the PMB) invites entrepreneurs, as well as procurement specialists of public and municipal authorities, to participate in the educational cycle of seminars “On Fair Entrepreneurship” in the largest cities of Latvia.

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Restoration of credibility – a possibility for bid-rigging participants to participate in procurements

In this year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has issued a positive opinion on the possibility to regain their credibility and exemption from one-year prohibition to participate in public procurements to two companies, which were previously fined for involvement in a cartel agreement. In the last year, when amendments to the regulatory framework on public procurements came into force, the CC issu...

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The CC allows to gain decisive influence over SIA “K Prof”, SIA “Polo LS” and SIA “Daugavkrasts M”

On 14 March, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision according to which it allows two mutually related transactions – for the groups W.P.Carey and Kesko Oyj to gain joint decisive influence over UAB “Baltic Retail Properties” and indirectly over three companies registered in Latvia – S...

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The CC: Market leaders are responsible for ensuring fair competition on the market

Having assessed the existing situation on the market, after public announcements made at the end of the last year on possible price increase for dairy products, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) concludes – the price increase for procurement of raw milk was temporary in the second half of 2016 and, most likely, it has stopped. At the same time, the CC repeatedly indicates to the responsibilit...

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The CC imposes a fine on two public transportation service providers for coordination of fares

On February 27, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose fine on two public transport service providers of the capital of Latvia – SIA Rīgas satiksme (RS) and PS Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme (RMS) – for concluding a prohibited agreement, that RMS fare shall not be lower than the tariff (fare) of RS. The CC imposed a fine in total of almost 2.3 mil...

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Several significant events on the competition law issue take place in Berlin

From 15 to 17 March, two significant international events were organized in Berlin for enforcers of competition law – the annual discussion of European competition authorities and the 18th Conference on Competition. In both these events the Competition Council of Latvia was represented by the Chairwoman of the authority Skaidrīte Ābrama. At the event of Eur...

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The Regional Administrative Court agrees with the Competition Authority of Latvia to fine AS „KIA Auto”

On 10 March 2017 the Regional Administrative Court has dismissed the application of AS „Tallina Kaubamaja” un AS „KIA Auto”, conforming the Competition Council’s of Latvia (the CC) decision to fine AS „KIA Auto”.

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Competition Council of Latvia participates at the VI International Competition Forum of Ukraine

On 2 March, the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) Skaidrīte Ābrama participated at the VI International Competition Forum of Ukraine to share Latvian experience implementing the recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Forum is hosted by the Competition Development Foundation and the Antimonop...

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