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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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18/05/2016

Saeima passes Amendments to the Competition Law


On 12 May, Latvian Parliament – Saeima – adopted in final reading amendments to the Competition Law that significantly modernizes competition protection in Latvia. Amendments to the Competition Law provides the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia with rights to improve the effectiveness of its operation, prioritising cases and assessing whether an off...

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09/05/2016

The CC: Public Procurements of Construction lack Control by Commissioning Authorities


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has concluded a sector inquiry to analyse co-operation forms of construction merchants within public procurements. The competition authority concludes that information included in tenders is rather formal, while control over performers of construction work by commissioning authorities – insufficient. The current regul...

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21/04/2016

Entrepreneurs evaluate Positively the CC’s Examination of Mergers


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has summarized entrepreneurs’ and lawyers’ evaluation of the merger control implemented by the CC and the existing regulatory framework in Latvia. Conclusions from the evaluation allowed the CC to identify the most significant difficulties respondents face while drafting merger notifications. In 2014 and 2015, t...

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01/04/2016

The CC spots Unseized Opportunities to Reduce Prices of Medical Services


In the context of a sector inquiry into the market of medical services, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia identified gaps of sector regulation and governance that distort competition and hinder price reduction and increase of service availability. Due to regulations by the Cabinet of Ministers there have been set unjustified and nearly unfeasible requiremen...

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24/03/2016

Mr. Hitrovs takes up his Duties as a Council Member


On 24 March, Mr. Valentīns Hitrovs, the newly appointed member of the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia, begins to perform his duties. On 9 February, Mr. Hitrovs was appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers. Until the appointment, Mr. Hitrovs was the deputy director of the Legal department of the CC. In total, Mr. Hitrovs has an eight years long work experience at...

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21/03/2016

The CC takes a Close Look at the Dairy Market


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has recently concluded market study and sector inquiry into the dairy market in Latvia. Both researches provided the CC with an in-depth insight into the price changes within all phases of the market, as well as with knowledge of common factors that affect dairy market situation as whole. Data of both researches did not show any indications on possible competition law...

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15/03/2016

Mergers Examined by the CC: Analysis of the Recent Years and Future Trends


Over the past two years, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia examined 32 mergers and six notified cooperation agreements within a total of 24 industries, thus, affecting the competition development in a segment of the economy of 3.8 billion. The CC drew such conclusions after analysing situation in markets in which the authority examined mergers and notified agreements in 2014 and 2015.

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14/03/2016

CC creates Public Benefits 52 Times Higher than its Funding


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has summarized its operational results of 2015, as well as for the first time in its history has estimated financial influence from the averted and prevented competitive harm. The calculation shows that over the past three years the CC has created benefits averagely in the amount of 51 million per year. Thus, each euro from the state budget for the CC’s operation...

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01/03/2016

Facts and Conclusions on the Competition Protection in Latvia of 2015


The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has gathered operational results and the most significant conclusions on the competition supervision in Latvia of year 2015. Overall, in 2015, the CC disclosed eight competition law infringements, for which 29 undertakings were imposed with fines in the total amount of 1 042 440 EUR. During the last year, fines in the amount of 1 052 03...

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