Romanian Competition Authority

Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)

The Competition Council was established by Competition Law no. 21 of 10 of April 1996, republished, with the subsequent amendments and completions. The Romanian Competition Authority started its activity on the 6th of September 1996 by drafting the necessary secondary legislation necessary for enforcing the Competition Law (no.21/1996), which entered into force on the 1st of February 1997. As national competition authority, the institution enforces and ensures the application of the national and Community rules on competition. At the same time, the Competition Council has the role of national contact authority on State aid between the European Commission, on one hand, and the pubic institutions State aid suppliers and beneficiaries, on the other hand. The Competition Council has also the role of representing Romania in the relation with the international institutions on competition; moreover, it is responsible for managing the relation with the institutions of the European Union, according to the relevant provisions of the European legislation, and it cooperates with other competition authorities.

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2024 Bulletin

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian High Court of Cassation confirms irrevocably the infringement of the competition law by a manufacturer of oil and gas by a participation in a cartel (OMV Petrom)

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The Competition Council has irrevocably won the trial with OMV PETROM Marketing* The High Court of Cassation and Justice confirmed irrevocably the infringement of the Competition Law by OMV PETROM MARKETING (at the date of infringement called OMV) by participation in a cartel besides other (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines two companies on the market of automatic mail processing for an agreement to share their clients (Lykos Romania / Zipper Data)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned two companies on the Romanian market of automatic mail processing* The Competition Council has sanctioned the companies Lykos SA Romania and Zipper Data SRL with fines amounting of 4,454,380 lei (approx. 994.000 Euro) for anticompetitive agreement. (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines several electricity suppliers for anticompetitive agreements on the electricity producing and trading markets (Hidroelectrica)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned Hidroelectrica SA and its 10 contractual partners with fines amounting 165,843,604 lei* The Competition Council has sanctioned Hidroelectrica SA and its 10 contractual partners, mainly electricity traders, with fines amounting 165,843,604 lei (approx. (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines two companies on the market of movies exploitation in cinemas for resale price maintenance (Intercomfilm Distribution / Hollywood Multiplex Operations)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned with fines SC Intercomfilm Distribution SRL and SC Hollywood Multiplex Operations SRL* The Competition Council has sanctioned the companies SC Intercomfilm Distribution SRL and SC Hollywood Multiplex Operations SRL with fines of 107.571 lei (approx. Euro (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority launches a market test concerning a possible abuse of dominance in the pharmaceutical sector (GlaxoSmithKline)

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The Competition Council launches for public debates the commitments formulated by S.C. GLAXOSMITHKLINE S.R.L.* The Competition Council launches for public debates the commitments formulated by S.C. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) S.R.L. within the investigation on possible abuse of dominant position of (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority welcomes the judgment of the EU Court of Justice upholding its interpretation in case of private pension fund (ING Pensii)

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The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the interpretation of the Competition Council in case of private pension fund in Romania* The Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed the interpretation of the Competition Council on the agreement’s nature to which the private (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice upholds irrevocably the sanctions pronounced by the Romanian Competition Authority against two undertakings for bid rigging (Condmag and Inspet)

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The High Court of Cassation and Justice has confirmed irevocably the sanctions aplied by the Romanian Competition Council to CONDMAG and INSPET companies* The High Court of Cassation and Justice has confirmed irevocably the sanctions aplied by the Romanian Competition Council in 2012 to (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council clears a merger in the banking sector although the parties have realized the merger before clearance (Transilvania Bank / Volksbank Romania)

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Transilvania Bank can involve in the activity of Volksbank Romania* The Competition Council issued a derogation decision from the provisions of the Competition Law so that Transilvania Bank to involved in the activity of Volksbank Romania and Volksbank Services Romania before obtaining the (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council imposes fines on four undertakings for bid-rigging in the oil and gas drilling works market (Dafora, Foraj and Upetrom 1 Mai)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned four companies for rigging the auctions organized by ROMGAZ* The Competition Council has sanctioned with fines totalling 12,968,298 lei (approximately EUR 2.89million) four companies for rigging the auctions organized by SNGN ROMGAZ S.A. The sanctioned (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council imposes fines, for the first time, on several undertakings for failure to comply with their antitrust remedies in the mobile phone market (Avenir Telecom, Euronet Services companies and the Professional Football League)

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For the first time: The Competition Council applies sanctions for failure to comply with the commitments* The Competition Council has sanctioned Avenir Telecom and Euronet Services companies and the Professional Football League (LPF) with fines totalling 705,079 lei (approx. 156,340 euros) for (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council imposes fines on eight undertakings active on the taxi market for a tacit agreement aiming to fix the price for transportation (Pelicanul and Meridian)

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Fines on taxi market in Bucharest and Ilfov* The Competition Council has sanctioned with fines totaling 2,264,875 lei (505,021 Euro) 8 enterprises active on the taxi transportation market in Bucharest and Ilfov region for participation in a tacit agreement/ concerted practice to fix the tariff (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council imposes fines on twenty-five undertakings for implementing price fixing agreements on the retail food market (Mega Image, Metro Cash&Carry, Real Hypermarket)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned 25 companies on the retail food market* The Competition Council has sanctioned 25 companies on the retail food market (4 retailers and 21 suppliers) with fines totaling 154,029,538 lei (approx. 35 million Euro). The sanctions were applied within the (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Council impose fines on eleven media companies for having entered an anticompetitive agreement whose object was to eliminate competitors from media communication services market (Zenith Media Communications)

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The Competition Council has sanctioned 11 media companies* The Competition Council has sanctioned 11 media companies with fines totaling 14,567,555 lei (approximately Euro 3.2 million). The competition authority found out that 11 companies have participated in a anticompetitive agreement (...)

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