Lithuanian Competition Authority

Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)

The main task of the Competition Council is to apply the Law on Competition. The Council also coordinates matters related to State aid and performs expert examination of the State aid projects, maintenances the register of State aid. The Competition Council also carries out functions assigned by other laws, such as the Law on Prices, Law on the Railway Transport Sector Reform, Law on Prohibition of Unfair Practices of Retail Undertakings, Law on Advertising and Law on Prohibition of Unfair Business-to- Consumer Commercial Practices.

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Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council prohibits a merger between two managers of classified ads websites for real estate and vehicles (AS Eesti Meedia / AllePAL OÜ)

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Competition Council: Merger between classified ads websites restricted competition* On 6 May 2016, the Competition Council (hereinafter – KT) prohibited a merger whereby in 2014 AS Eesti Meedia acquired 100 per cent of AllePAL OÜ shares. KT found that the merger restricted competition in the (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Authority announces that three cinema operators have implemented two separate cartel agreements (Forum Cinemas)

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Lithuanian Competition Council detected two cartels by cinema operators* On December 18 Lithuanian Competition Council (KT) announced that three cinema operators, “Forum Cinemas“, “Multikino Lietuva“ and “Cinamon Operations“, had been fixing prices of cinema tickets as part of two separate cartel (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council imposes fines on a food retailer and a frozen bakery producer for having implemented an anticompetitive agreement (Maxima and Mantinga)

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ANTI-COMPETITIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN MAXIMA LT AND UAB MANTINGA RESULTED IN HIGHER COSTS FOR CONSUMERS* Competition Council (the KT) disclosed an anti-competitive agreement between food retail chain MAXIMA LT, UAB (MAXIMA) and frozen bakery producer UAB Mantinga (Mantinga). The companies fixed (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council imposes fines on five building and construction companies for having implemented anticompetitive agreements (UAB Convertus)

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Competition Council disclosed anti-competitive agreement among bidders* The Competition Council (KT) discovered that five building and construction companies, namely UAB Convertus, UAB UGNA, UAB Aketus, UAB Aestus and UAB Gedarta, rigged their bids in the procurement organised by UAB Baltic (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council conditionally clears an acquisition on the market of the insurance of land vehicles and the market of property insurance (AB Lietuvos draudimas / PZU)

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COMPETITION COUNCIL CLEARS ACQUISITION OF AB LIETUVOS DRAUDIMAS BY PZU S.A., SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS* On 9 October, the Competition Council (KT) cleared the acquisition of 100 per cent of AB Lietuvos draudimas shares by PZU S.A. The merger was cleared upon the condition that PZU S.A. would sell (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council imposes fines on one bank for having implemented an anticompetitive agreement on the markets of cash handling and cash-in-transit services (G4S)

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UAB G4S LIETUVA restricted competition within the markets of cash handling and cash-in-transit services* The Competition Council (KT) found that the actions of UAB G4S Lietuva (G4S) breached Article 5 of the Law on Competition and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council launches a market test following merger commitments proposed on the market of the insurance of land vehicles and the market of property insurance (PZU)

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Competition Council calls for opinions on merger commitments proposed by PZU S.A.* Competition Council (KT) calls stakeholders to express their grounded opinions on PZU S.A. (Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń Spółka Akcyjna) commitments to the merger wherein the latter acquires up to 100 per cent of (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council finds that the difference between the terms and conditions of channel distribution rights sold to analogue and digital television providers does not impede competition or significantly influence consumer welfare (Viasat World)

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Competition Council: Viasat conduct does not impede competition* Competition Council (KT) terminated investigation into suspected abuse of dominance by Viasat World Limited and Viasat AS. The KT held that the actions carried out by the companies influence neither effective competition nor (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council opens an investigation and finds that refusal to negotiate a swap agreement for natural gas amounted to a breach of the merger conditions (Lietuvos energijos gamyba)

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Lithuanian Competition Council fines OAO Gazprom for failing to comply with merger conditions* On 10 June, the Competition Council (KT) imposed a fine of 123,096,700 litas (approx. EUR 35,651,269) on OAO Gazprom for the failure to comply with merger conditions. In 2004, the KT allowed Gazprom (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Authority allows acquisition by a state-owned company of a national operator in control of the natural gas transmission system (Amber Grid / JSC EPSO-G)

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Competition Council clears acquisition of SC Amber Grid shares by JSC EPSO-G* On 19 May, the Competition Council (the KT) cleared acquisition of 38.9 per cent of SC Amber Grid shares by JSC EPSO-G (all the company’s shares together with already owned ones will amount to 56.6 per cent). Hence, (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council imposes fines for implementing non-notified mergers and requires the undoing of the takeover on the market for petrol stations (Lukoil Baltija / Baltic Petroleum)

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Competition Council fines Lukoil 11 817 700 LTL for implementing non-notified mergers* On 12 May, the Competition Council (the KT) fined UAB Lukoil Baltija 11 817 700 LTL ( ̴ 3 422 642 EUR) for implementing non-notified mergers and obligated the company to eliminate the breach. Having (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council concludes an important investigation into the suspected abuse of dominance in the sector for road transportation (LINAVA)

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Competition Council’s investigation encourages the Association LINAVA* The Competition Council (the KT) terminated the investigation into the actions by the Lithuanian National Road Carriers Association LINAVA (the Association). Allegedly, the Associations had breached Article 7 of the Law on (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania approves decision concluding that a national professional association and 32 association members entered into an anticompetitive agreement on the application of minimum tariffs for shipping agency services (Lithuanian Shipbrokers and Agents Association)

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Supreme Administrative Court upholds competition council‘s decision to sanction Shipping Agency Companies* On 7 April, the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (the Court) approved the Competition Council‘s (the KT) decision concluding that Lithuanian Shipbrokers and Agents Association (the (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Supreme Administrative Court annuls the fines imposed on the banks by the Competition Council, though confirms the restrictive character of the cash handling agreements (G4S)

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G4S agreements with banks restricted competition* The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (the Court) confirmed that the agreements concluded between UAB G4S Lietuva (G4S) and the banks, namely, AB SEB bank (SEB), Swedbank, AB (Swedbank) and AB DNB bank (DNB), restricted competition (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council establishes a restrictive agreement as regards limitation of beer production and finds an infringement of Article 5 of the Law on Competition and Article 101 TFEU (Guild of Breweries)

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Competition Council: the agreement among brewers was not based on concerns about the public health only* On 4 March, the Competition Council (the Council) announced that the Lithuanian Guild of Breweries, AB Gubernija, UAB Kalnapilio – Tauro grupė, UAB Restoranas Apynys, TŪB Rinkuškiai, UAB (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council clears acquisition of business related to production and provision of cell culture products, supressor genes and magnetic micro particles (GMC / Thermo Fisher Scientific)

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Competition Council clears acquisition by general electric company of GMC consolidation* On 4 March 2014, the Competition Council (the Council) cleared acquisition by General Electric Company of 100 per cent GMC Consolidation LLC shares. General Electric Company acquires a part of Thermo (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council closes merger investigation pursuant to the divesture of acquired shares by the cosmetics supplier (Fragrances International)

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Competition council terminates investigation on the actions of Fragrances International* On January 30, the Competition Council (the Council) terminated the investigation on the actions of UAB Fragrances International (Fragrances International) whereby the latter had acquired 49 per cent of (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council closes an investigation on the suspected anti-competitive agreement between the members of the national guild of breweries

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Competition council closes investigation on suspected anti-competitive agreement between brewers* On December 23 The Competition Council (the Council) closed an investigation on the suspected anti-competitive agreement between the members of the Lithuanian Guild of Breweries. According to the (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Council of the EU agrees upon a general approach on the draft directive concerning actions for damages for breaches of antitrust law that will serve as basis for negotiations with the European Parliament with a view to reaching an agreement at first reading

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Possibility to receive full compensation for damages suffered as a result of antitrust violations comes closer* On December 2, the European Union (EU) Competitiveness Council reached a general approach on a draft directive on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Competition Council sends a SOs to an oil company suspected of having implemented a merger without previous notification (Lukoil Baltija)

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Competition Council closes investigation on possibly unnotified mergers implemented by UAB Lukoil Baltija within the market of fuel retail trade* On November 6, the Competition Council (the Council) sent a Statement of Objections to UAB Lukoil Baltija suspected of having infringed the Law on (...)

Lithuanian Competition Council The Lithuanian Regional Administrative Court of Vilnius decides to reduce the fines imposed for an illegal agreement on the markets for cash-in transit and cash handling services (G4S & banks)

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Court upholds the KT‘s decision on the infringement but reduces the fines imposed on G4S and banks* On 18 June 2012, Vilnius Regional Administrative Court (Court) upheld the Competition Council’s (Konkurencijos taryba, KT) decision of 20 December 2012, according to which, UAB G4S Lietuva (G4S) (...)

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