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26/10/2016

The CC fines with EUR 1.3 million two Plasterboard Suppliers of Knauf Group


On 30 September, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) fined SIA Knauf and Norgips sp. z o. o. (Poland),  a parent company of SIA Norgips that is also a part of a Knauf Group, for abusing their market power by creating and implemen...

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20/10/2016

The Competition Council awarded a Certificate of Appreciation


The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia (the CM) has awarded the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) a Certificate of appreciation “for effective detection of competition infringements and promotion of fair competition”. This year, the CC is the only state institution receiving the award. Ms Skaidrīte Ābrama, the Chairwoman of the CC, says: “We ar...

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19/10/2016

Leading Economists meet in Riga to discuss economic issues for competition policy


On 18 October Chief Competition Economist working group meeting of the European Competition Network (ECN) for the first time took place in Riga, Latvia. More than 35 chief economists from the competition authorities gathered together at the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) to discuss methodological issues of economics and econometrics in the application of competition rules.

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17/10/2016

National Gas Supplier pays a EUR 2.2 million fine


Latvian national gas supplier AS Latvijas Gāze has paid a EUR 2.2 million fine as the Supreme Court upheld the decision by the Latvian Competition Council (the CC). In 2013, the CC...

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11/10/2016

The Supreme Court of Latvia rejects a third party claim to require the CC punishment for potential merger participants


On 14 September, the Supreme Court of Latvia has rejected an appeal from SIA BMS-Baltijas Marketing Serviss (the BMS) and confirmed that a third party does not have subjective rights to require the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) to propose a violation case of non-notified mergers, impose fines and an obligation to submit a merger notification. In...

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30/09/2016

The Competition Council of Latvia participates at the Open Doors day


On 30 September, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) together with the Ministry of Economics of Latvia (the MoE) and the Consumer Rights Protection Centre of Latvia (the CRPC) welcomed school students from Riga and Salacgrīvas municipality, as well as other visitors interested in getting an insight into the work all three government institutions. During th...

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23/09/2016

The CC fines Medical Equipment Traders for collusive Behaviour in Public Procurements


On 8 September, the Competition Council (the CC) fined two medical equipment traders SIA OPTIKA&DENTIKA and SIA KJ SERVISS for participating in a cartel agreement in four public procurements. Due to the violation of the Competition Law, both undertakings were imposed with a fine in the total amount of almost EUR 80&rsq...

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20/09/2016

Mr Ivars Kassalis appointed as Council Member


Today, on 20 September, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia appointed Mr Ivars Kassalis as the new Member Council of the Latvian Competition Council (the CC). The competition commission recognized Mr Kassalis as the most qualified candidate for the position, highlighting his professional knowledge, the previous experience in inter...

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19/09/2016

The Competition Council welcomes Representatives of the Moldavian Competition Authority


On 19 and 20 September, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia welcomes eight delegates from the Moldavian competition authority. During the study visit, representatives of the CC will introduce the foreign delegates with Latvian Competition law and its application in practice, the most common signs of prohibited agreements within public procurements, as well as with human rights issues concerning gathering...

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14/09/2016

Supreme Court of Latvia agrees with the Competition Authority to fine the National Gas Supplier


On 14th September 2016, the Supreme Court confirmed the Competition Council’s of Latvia (the CC) decision to impose the only natural gas supplier in Latvia – AS „Latvijas Gāze” – remedies to change the practice of debt collection and a fine in the amount of 2.2 million euros for abusing the dominant position.

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12/08/2016

During first six months the Competition Council warns 17 Undertakings


During first six months of 2016 the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has issued warnings to 17 undertakings, an association, including nine individuals, and a public authority under suspicion of breach of the Competition Law. These warnings are an effective procedure that allows to prevent an alleged prohibited agreement and competition distortions promptly, avoiding spending valuable resources for all pa...

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05/08/2016

The Competition Council of Latvia Awarded 3-Star Rating by the Global Competition Review 2016


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia for the second time has been awarded 3-star rating in the annual ranking of the World’s top competition authorities, by the Global Competition Review (GCR). The factors contributing to the CC’s rating include a significant progress in the detection of competition infringements during the past...

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29/07/2016

The Competition Council of Latvia Fines Three Companies for Collusive Bidding by Contractors


On 8 July 2016, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has fined three companies – SIA CO Sistēmas, SIA SAN B, and SIA Talsu spriegums – for rigging a public tenders. Companies were found to coordinate their tenders in five procurements of water infrastructure development services in regions of Talsi and Kuldīga. The CC imposed a fine in total of 163 002 EUR to al...

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17/06/2016

The Competition Council has published its Annual Report for 2015


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has published its Annual Report 2015, which looks back on the work undertaken during the year and the progress made by the professional, responsible and united work of our colleagues. During the year 2015, the CC adopted a total of 39 decision...

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13/06/2016

The CC finds Unreasonably High Fees for the Entrance of a Bus Terminal


On 25 May, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia imposed a fine in the amount of 4026.53 EUR and legal obligation on SIA Rēzeknes autoosta, which is an operator of a regional bus terminal in Rēzekne. The CC found that the infringer has abused its dominant position and has charged excessive fees from bus carriers for the entrance of the terminal.

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