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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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