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Competition in terms of price is significantly restricted on the cigarette market

After completion of a sector inquiry into the market of cigarette distribution, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) concluded, that companies have limited possibilities to compete in terms of price at wholesale and retail level. Since the regulatory framework stipulates, that manufacturers or importers of cigarettes shall determine a maximum retail price for products, retailers are restricted in dete...

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Māris Spička, the CC Executive Director: It is never too late to confess in a cartel

As the New Year has just started, the Competition Council of Latvia, as usual, implements active work, carrying out research and supervision of competition on various markets. Among other things, the CC investigates possible infringements of the Competition Law, imposing fines on large and small companies. Among infringements of the Competition law there are prohibited agreements...

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Competition protection in Latvia: year 2016 in numbers and facts

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has summarized operating results of the authority and main conclusions on competition and competition protection in Latvia. In the previous year, the CC adopted in total six decisions, imposing fines in total amount of 1 657 196.70 euros on 16 undertakings. Five cases involved infringements of competition law, whereas another fine was imposed for failure to execu...

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The priority of the CC in 2017 – promotion of competition neutrality and eradication of bid-rigging

After summarizing the results and events in the area of competition development in the last year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has set its operational priorities for 2017. As the most significant priorities shall be mentioned ensuring of equal competition conditions bo...

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The CC prohibits RIMI from opening a shop at the premises of “DOMINA SHOPPING”

On 12 January, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to prohibit SIA “RIMI LATVIA” (RIMI) from using retail premises at the shopping centre “DOMINA Shopping” in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The CC concluded, that this transaction would cause significant harm to competition, strengthening the retailer's position on the market, therefore, this transaction shall...

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The CC punishes a medical equipment wholesaler for hindering an investigation

At the end of last year, the Competition Council (the CC) of Latvia adopted a decision and imposed a fine on the company SIA Interlux for failure to execute lawful requests during an investigation carried out by the CC. For irreversible deletion of information, thereby hindering the investigation of a case, the CC imposed a fine in the amount of EUR 13 175.30 on the company.

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Public Bodies involvement into commercial activities is named as the Most Significant Competition Issue

Public bodies’ involvement into commercial activities is named as the most significant competition issue by more than half of respondents of public opinion poll carried out by the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC). Meanwhile, the most frequently detected competition law infringement in Latvia – bid-rigging – ranks in the second place. The C...

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The CC finds Significant Competition Barriers in Waste-Management Sector

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has identified a number of existing competition barriers created by both market structure and regulatory framework in the waste-management market in Latvia after commencing a sector inquiry. Thus, providers of waste-management services are prevented to compete under conditions of a level playing field, as well as new entrants are limited to enter waste-management m...

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The CC: Local Governments must Level the Playing Field

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded negotiation procedure with the local government’s (municipality’s) owned SIA Aizkraukles ūdens on its alleged abuse of market power. Thus, the CC highlights that unjustified local governments’ involvement in private sector business is not permissible and therefore all local governments should assess their necessity to engage...

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The CC detects Cartel in Procurement Procedures of Railway Construction and Repair

On 6 October, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) took a decision to fine seven companies for coordinating their actions in 29 price quotations organized by the state-owned railway company VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš. All procurement procedures were related to construction and repair works in different regions of Latvia. The CC imposed a fine in total of EUR 52 000 to all seven companies.

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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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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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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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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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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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