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28/03/2017

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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23/03/2017

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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20/03/2017

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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20/03/2017

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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17/03/2017

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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03/03/2017

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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24/02/2017

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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08/02/2017

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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03/02/2017

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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01/02/2017

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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26/01/2017

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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16/01/2017

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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27/12/2016

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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01/12/2016

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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11/11/2016

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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