Latvian Competition Authority

Konkurences padome (Riga)

The main aim of the Competition Council is to enable the market participants to perform their economic activities in an environment characterised by free and fair competition as well as to promote competition development in all economic sectors for the benefit of the society as a whole. It acts as a guardian in relation to the prohibitions of abuse of dominant position and anticompetitive agreements and it conducts the review of mergers and other economic concentrations.

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Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines a fuel retailer that submitted notification ten months after implementing a merger transaction for gun-jumping (Petrol Property / Vaizga)

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Latvian competition authority fines Lithuanian company UAB Vaizga for unnotified merger* On April, 2018, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) cleared the proposed acquisition of Latvian company SIA Petrol Property by UAB Vaizga. As the Lithuanian UAB Vaizga failed to submit merger (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Supreme Court decides that parent companies may be responsible for competition infringements of subsidiary companies (Moller Auto Baltic / Harald A.Moller / Heinz Wilke Autohandel)

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Court: parent companies may be responsible for competition infringements of subsidiary companies* On 17 May, the Supreme Court adopted the decision, pursuant to which it is stipulated in the competition law of Latvia that parent companies may bear joint responsibility for infringements of (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority identifies, in the context of a sector inquiry, gaps of regulation and governance that distort competition into the market of medical services

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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 (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines two undertakings for bid rigging in medical procurements (Optika un Diagnostika / Arbor Medical Korporācija)

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The CC fines Undertakings for Bid Rigging in Medical Procurements* On 10 December, The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia fined two undertakings – SIA Optika un Diagnostika and SIA Arbor Medical Korporācija – for coordinating tenders in a total of six different procurements of medical equipment (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Administrative Regional Court of Latvia upholds the decision of the Competition Authority that fined and imposed remedies on the national gas supplier in a case of abuse of dominance (Latvijas Gāze)

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Court agrees with the Competition Authority to fine the National Gas Supplier* On 2 September, the Administrative Regional Court confirmed the Competition Council’s (CC) decision to impose the only natural gas supplier in Latvia – AS „Latvijas Gāze” – remedies to change the practice of debt (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority concludes that competition is distorted on the market of funeral services and recommends the establishment of a regulatory framework

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Funeral Service Industry Needs to be Reformed* The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia together with the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (CRCP) and the State Revenue Service (SRS) conclude that the market of funeral services lacks a regulatory framework, therefore the competition is distorted (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority agrees to conclude an administrative contract with an undertaking that abused of its dominance in the market of commercial services of tug boats, in order to put to an end to the distortion of competition in the sector (FRA)

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The Competition Council agrees to conclude an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga Authority to immediately eliminate Distortion of the Competition in the Riga’s Port* On 12 June, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia signed an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on two construction companies for bid rigging and immunizes an undertaking who revealed the existence of the cartel (SIA „RCI Gulbene)

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Leniency notice to disclose a cartel scheme within public procurements* On 24 October, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has found that two construction companies operated in a bid rigging. The investigation was carried out based on a Leniency notice submitted by one of the cartel (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on an association for having implemented a price fixing agreement in the services of shipping agents market (NALSA)

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Fine imposed to the National Association of Latvian Shipbrokers and Shipping Agents* On 8 September, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia fined the National Association of Latvian Shipbrokers and Shipping Agents (NALSA) for setting a minimal or fixed price for services of shipping agents. (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on an automobile constructor for having preventing its customers to perform maintenance and car repairs not covered by warranty to independent services without losing warranty of the car (AS „KIA Auto”)

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The Competition Council fines AS „KIA Auto”* On 7 August, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine AS „KIA Auto” for restricting car owners to perform repairs and maintenance not covered by warranty at independent services and to install spare parts of other manufacturers (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on two undertakings for bid rigging in local public tender proceedings (Sliežu transportbūve / Komforta standarts)

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The Competition Council fines Two Construction Project Developers* On 31 July, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine two construction project developers – SIA „Sliežu transportbūve” and SIA „Komforta standarts” – for bid rigging. Both undertakings exchanged business data while (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council commissions a survey on the rating, availability and substitutability of five specialised-content international television channel in order to gather information in the framework of investigating an alleged abuse of dominant position

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Low Price as main Criterion in choosing Television Operator* At the end March 2014, the conclusions of a survey on the rating, availability and substitutability of five specialised-content international television channels in Latvia have been published. This survey which was conducted by (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council fines sole operator of the public transportation database for delaying market entry for competing ticket cash registers (Transporta telemātikas sistēmas)

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The Competition Council fines operator of the national database of public transportation for abusing its dominant position* In the late 2013, the Competition Council (CC) of the Republic of Latvia took a decision to fine SIA „Transporta telemātikas sistēmas”, the operator of the national database (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on a dominant undertaking for enforcing unfair trading conditions on a dependant wholesaler in the consumer goods and retail sector (Drogas)

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The Competition Council Fines Retail Chain for Abuse of its Market Power* On 14 December 2012, the Competition Council adopted a decision to fine AS Drogas which is the largest retail chain in the sector of health, beauty and household goods retail in Latvia. It was established that AS Drogas (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council decides that the participation of commercial banks in the MIF for cash withdrawals and card payments was illegal under Article 11 Part 1.1 of the Competition Act (Aizkraukles banka and Others)

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Prohibited Agreement in Banking Sector* On 3 March 2011 the Competition Council (CC) decided that 22 Latvian commercial banks have infringed Article 11 Part 1.1 of the Competition Law by participating in the Multilateral agreement on the interchange fee for cash withdrawals at ATM, cash (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council adopts a decision permitting a merger between the leading national meat processing companies (Rīgas Miesnieks / Jelgavas gaļas kombināts)

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Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Meat Processing Companies* On 8 June 2010, the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between the leading meat processing companies in Latvia – JSC Rīgas Miesnieks and JSC Jelgavas gaļas kombināts. To ensure free choice for (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council adopts a decision permitting a merger between the leading national meat processing companies (Rīgas Miesnieks / Jelgavas gaļas kombināts)

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Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Meat Processing Companies* On 8 June 2010, the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between the leading meat processing companies in Latvia – JSC Rīgas Miesnieks and JSC Jelgavas gaļas kombināts. To ensure free choice for (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council discontinues investigation on the alleged predatory pricing engaged by a grey cement producer on an aftermarket (Cemex)

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The Competition Council Discontinues Investigation on the Alleged Infringement By Cemex Ltd. in the Transport-Concrete Market* On 26 February 2010 the Competition Council adopted decision to discontinue the investigation on the alleged abuse of a dominant position by a producer of grey cement, (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council fines two kiosk chains for prohibited agreement on the market for prepaid cards (Plus Punkts, Narvesen Baltija)

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The Competition Council Fines Two Kiosk Chains for Prohibited Agreement* On 16 December 2009 the Competition Council of Latvia adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between two kiosk chains – Plus Punkts Ltd. and Narvesen Baltija Ltd./Preses apvienība Ltd. – and imposed fines in (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Regional Court upholds the decision of the Competition Council and confirms the abuse of dominant position committed by a collecting society (AKKA-LAA)

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Court Upholds the Decision on Abuse of Dominant Position by Collective Copyright Management Association* With the decision of 11 December 2009 the Administrative Regional Court rejected a claim of the Collective Copyright Management Association AKKA/LAA against the 1 December 2008 decision of (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Parliament amends the Competition Act changing the merger notification procedure and redefining the concept of dominant position in the retail sector

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Amendments to the Competition Law* On 1 September 2009 entered into force Amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia. Most substantial issue of the Amendments refer to the merger control. As from September 1 merger notifications have to be submitted not only by those market (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council fines two broadcast companies for abuse of dominance in the market of distribution of television channels and imposes remedies (VIASAT / TV3 Latvia )

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Fines and Legal Obligations Imposed on Distributors of TV Channel TV3* On 18 June 2009 Competition Council (CC) fined VIASAT AS (Estonia) and TV3 Latvia Ltd. for the abuse of dominant position in the market of distribution of television channel TV3 on the territory of Latvia. Both companies (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council approves the settlement on payment terms and non-discriminatory rebates towards retailers proposed by a national press distributor (Preses Serviss)

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The Competition Council Comes to Agreement with SIA „Preses Serviss"* On 4 February 2009, after receiving of written pledge from the company SIA „Preses Serviss" ("Press Service" - PS) to fulfil its legal obligations preventing from negative impact on competition, caused by its illegal (...)

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