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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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Injured parties finally have a facilitated possibility to claim for compensation for damages

On 5 October, during the final reading the Saeima adopted the amendments to the Competition Law regarding compensation of damages. Amendments provide that further on consumers, companies and other involved parties will have a simplified and more efficient possibility to claim damages from infringers of competition law. Amendments to the Competition Law r...

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The CC achieves change of provisions for placement of advertisements at public transportation stops

The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has imposed to the companies SIA Rīgas satiksme (RS), SIA Pilsētas līnijas (PL) and SIA JCDecaux Latvija (JCD) the legal obligation to change certain provisions of mutual agreements regarding placement of advertisements on public transportation stops of RS. The CC established that current provisions restricted access for competitors of JS...

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At the same time with the increase of the market share of key pharmacy chains consumer choice decreases

The Competition Council of Latvia (CC) after sector inquiry into the regional retail market of medicinal products observes that during previous five years the key pharmacy chains have increased the number of pharmacies owned by them at the expense of individual or smaller pharmacy chains. Therefore, without change in the total number of pharmacies in Latvia, the market concentration has increased and the co...

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The fifth Lawyers Forum takes place at the Competition Council

On 15 September, the Competition Council of Latvia organised the fifth Lawyers Forum, where experts of the authority met with lawyers and advocates in order to discuss the current events of the competition law. Upon increase of the importance of the economic analysis in competition cases, the annual discussion of professionals this time was broadened also with the topic of economics.

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CC: high butter prices is the result of interaction between many factors

Considering the price increase of dairy products, in particular butter, during the last year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) continues to follow the events on the dairy market. The CC has concluded that the amount of the butter price is determined by several reasons – the global trends, product cost increase during the processing due to limited availability of raw materials as well as mark...

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Competition Council joins the state principle “Consult at first”

The Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia Skaidrīte Ābrama has signed the cooperation memorandum regarding implementation of the principle “Consult at first” in the work of the Competition Council. The purpose of the principle is to improve cooperation between the authorities and entrepreneurs, in order to facilitate the fulfilment of requirements effective in the country and clear con...

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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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