Alexandr Svetlicinii

Faculty of Law - University of Macau
Assistant Professor

Alexandr Svetlicinii is Acting Program Coordinator for the Master of International Business Law at University of Macau Faculty of Law. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Alexandr was a senior researcher at the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law of the Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinn). Alexandr received his law degree at the Free International University of Moldova (Chisinau), LL.M International Business Law (Cum Laude) with specialization in EU law at the Central European University (Budapest), Master of Research (Law) at the European University Institute (Florence) and PhD in Law at the European University Institute (Florence). Research interests include : comparative competition law, comparative private law, international business law and alternative dispute resolution. Languages : English, Russian, Romanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.

Distinctions

Articles

194072 Bulletin

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority qualifies irregularities in the public procurement of sports equipment admitted by the local administration as infringement of competition law (Chişinău Municipal Council)

402

On 6 September 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) concluded that the Chişinău Municipal Council (CMC) has organized the procurement of certain sports equipment in violation of public procurement legislation, which led to the restriction of competition on the relevant (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority qualifies irregularities in the public procurement of construction works admitted by the local administration as infringement of competition law (Mayorship of Chisinau)

439

On 28 June 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) has found that certain irregularities in the public procurement of construction services admitted by the mayorship of Chisinau should be qualified as infringement of competition law. On 19 March 2015, the Chisinau (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority applies the ne bis in idem principle in the investigation of abuse of dominance in the electricity market (Gas Natural Fenosa Furnizare)

110

On 21 June 2018 the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) has concluded its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position in the form of refusal to deal on the part of the electricity supplier Gas Natural Fenosa Furnizare Energie SRL. Based on the principle of ne bis (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority prosecutes a grain storage operator for exploitative abuse of dominance in the form of discriminatory tariffs (Cereale Cupcini)

72

On 14 June 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) has found that grain storage operator Cereale Cupcini SA has abused its dominant position by imposing excessive and discriminatory tariffs for loading/unloading services at its storage facilities. The CC’ investigation has (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority prosecutes two companies for bid rigging in public procurement of repair works by the local administration (Vanro-Com / Sardis Exim)

164

On 22 March 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) prosecuted Vanro-Com SRL and Sardis Exim SRL for concluding an anti-competitive agreement, aimed at distorting and preventing competition by participating with rigged bids at the public tender, organized by the Chişinău (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice quashes the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority concerning refusal to deal in the airport services market (Avia Invest)

638

On 21 February 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) of the Republic of Moldova has quashed the decision issued by the Competition Council (CC) in a case concerning the alleged refusal to deal on the market for lease of commercial premises at the Chisinau International Airport (KIV). SRL (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority finds bid rigging practices in the public tenders for the procurement of various construction works (Ozun-Cons / Oztor / Eurodeviz)

104

On 15 February 2018, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) found that Ozun-Cons SRL, Oztor SRL, Eurodeviz SRL have colluded on several occasions to participate with coordinated bids in the public tenders for the procurement of various construction works. The Project (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority finds a state-initiated restraint of competition on the part of the state-owned enterprise entrusted with the management of the official publications (Moldpres)

247

On 1 February 2018 the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) found that the state-owned enterprise (SOE) entrusted with the management of the official publications has applied discriminatory tariffs for its publishing services in violation of competition law prohibiting (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority fines a company for abuse of dominant position by imposing unjustified tariffs for used water reception service (Apă-Canal Chișinău)

76

On 1 February 2018 the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) found that the municipal undertaking Apă-Canal Chișinău SA has abused its dominant position on the local market for water and sewage services by imposing unjustified tariffs for used water reception service and by (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice quashes a Competition Authority’s decision regarding refusal to supply in the context of public procurement of pharmaceutical products (Esculap-Farm)

73

On 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) of the Republic of Moldova has quashed the decision issued by the Competition Council (CC) in a case concerning the refusal to supply pharmaceutical products purchased in the context of public procurement by public hospitals and other public (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice upholds the NCA decision concerning refusal to supply in the context of public procurement of pharmaceutical products (Medeferent)

91

On 4 October 2017 the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) of the Republic of Moldova has upheld the decision issued by the Competition Council (CC) in a case concerning the refusal to supply pharmaceutical products purchased in the context of public procurement by public hospitals and other public (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority prosecutes currency exchange bureaux for fixing the exchange rates (Activ Prim / Bartolomeu / Dragotin Prim / Lavronix / Lozcoz…)

47

On 28 September 2017 the Competition Council (CC) established the existence of the price fixing cartel on the market for in-cash currency exchange transactions on the basis of the high degree of coincidence of exchange rates applied by the undertakings concerned. Foreign exchange transactions (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority holds the government accountable for the anti-competitive actions of a State-owned enterprise (Ministry of Finance / Loteria Națională a Moldovei)

55

On 24 August 2017 the Competition Council (CC) held that the Ministry of Finance has violated competition law by endorsing the decision of the state-owned enterprise to accord favorable treatment to a private company in the gaming market. In 2014 the CC has commenced an investigation into the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority applies leniency policy in a bid-rigging case on public procurement of equipment maintenance services (Set-Service / Nufăr-Cia)

73

On 21 June 2017 the Competition Council (CC) found two undertakings liable for bid rigging in a public procurement of the equipment maintenance services. The case represents a rare instance of a successful leniency application securing the immunity from fine to the undertaking concerned. On 17 (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority closes an investigation into alleged price fixing on the market for home appliances because of economic justifications (Rolling International)

32

On 14 July 2017 the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) closed the investigation into the alleged price fixing on the market for household electric appliances due to the presence of economic justifications. In the early 2015 the media discussed an unusual price spike on the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority fines the state-owned utilities company for abuse of dominance on the water and sewage services market (Servicii Comunale Floreşti)

24

On 29 June 2017 the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova (CC) fined the state-owned public utilities company for the abuse of dominance in the form of restricting the supply of water and sewage services to the customer that did not agree to install the water meter of certain brand as (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority finds that national standardization body has abused its exclusive right to provide training and certification services (National Institute for Standardization and Metrology)

59

On 4 April 2014 the Moldovan competition authority (CC) found that a state-owned undertaking, the National Institute for Standardization and Metrology (INSM) , has abused its dominant position on the market for training and certification of metrology experts by obstructing market access and (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina upholds the infringement decision of the Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning abuse of dominant position on the market for fast money transfer services (Raiffeisen Bank)

226

On 6 November 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) found that four Western Union agents have abused their collective dominant position on the market for fast money transfer services by including the exclusivity clauses in their cooperation agreements with the banks (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina following a repeated investigation prosecutes the incumbent telecom operator for obstructing access to its network (BH Telecom)

151

On 6 February 2014 the Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina (KV) in a repeated investigation has established an abuse of dominant position committed by the incumbent telecom operator BH Telecom d.d. The KV has sanctioned the dominant operator for delaying the execution of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina quashes the no-infringement decision of the Competition Authority based on the concept of “single economic entity” (Elektrokontakt)

78

On 25 February 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina (KV) closed its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position on the part of the dominant electricity distributor JP Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. and its 100% affiliate Eldis-tehnika d.o.o. The KV’s investigation (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina quashes the no-infringement of the Competition Authority for the failure to conduct an efficient investigation (Telekomunikacije)

138

On 12 October 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina (KV) closed its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position on the part of the incumbent telecom operator Telekomunikacije RS a.d. The KV‘s investigation was prompted by a complaint lodged by an independent (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority investigates the actions of the municipal administration concerning allocation of business premises (Chişinău Municipal Council)

65

On 26 September 2013 the Moldovan Competition Authority (CC) has concluded an investigation into the alleged anti-competitive actions of the Chişinău Municipal Council (CMC) – a legislative body of the municipal administration of Moldova’s capital city. The CC’s investigation was prompted by a (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority investigates the actions of the Customs Service concerning attribution of tariff positions to certain pharmaceutical products (Serviciul Vamal al Republicii Moldova)

87

On 26 September 2013 the Moldovan Competition Authority (CC) closed its investigation into the alleged anti-competitive actions of the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova concerning the determination of the tariff positions for certain imported pharmaceuticals. The CC’s investigation (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority for the first time applies procedural penalties for obstruction of investigation under the new competition law (Voiaj International)

131

On 30 August 2013 the Moldovan Competition Authority (CC) has adopted a decision sanctioning travel agency SRL Voiaj International & Co for the refusal to provide CC officials access to the business premises during a ‘dawn raid’ and imposed a periodical penalty until the access is enabled. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions electricity supplier for an abuse of dominance in the form of temporary suspension of supply for accumulated debts (ENERGO PRO Sales AD)

130

On 11 July 2013 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) prosecuted the dominant electricity supplier ENERGO PRO Sales AD (EP Sales) for an abuse of dominant position in the form of temporary termination of supply for the accumulated debts of its consumer – Water and Sewage Services Dobrich (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina prosecutes healthcare administration for limiting competition in the regional market for medicines reimbursed under state health insurance system (Health Insurance Office of the Republic of Srpska)

145

On 18 April 2013 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) established that the Health Insurance Office of the Republic of Srpska (the Office) by adopting mandatory minimum wage requirements applied to the pharmacies participating in the reimbursement of medicines supplied to (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority accepts commitments of the public broadcaster concerning retransmission of television channels by “pay TV” operators (Hrvatska radiotelevizija)

141

On 28 March 2013 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) closed its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position by the public broadcasting company Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) by accepting a number of behavioral commitments related to retransmission of television channels by (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the decision of the Croatian Competition Authority concerning a rebate scheme applied by a mobile phone operator and its distributors (VIPnet)

82

On 24 December 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision issued by the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) against a mobile telecom operator VIPnet concerning the anti-competitive agreements in the form of the maximum rebates allowed to the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the decision of the NCA concerning anti-competitive practices in the market for office supplies (Association of office supplies retailers)

156

On 19 December 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) against the Association of office supplies retailers (TUM) and its nine members that have infringed the national equivalent of Article 101 TFEU by (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority accepts behavioural commitments of a central securities depository and closes its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position (SC Depozitarul Central)

94

On 11 December 2012 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) concluded its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position on the market for the services rendered by the central securities depository by accepting a series of behavioral committments related to the pricing of the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian High Administrative Court upholds the decision of the Competition Authority concerning anticompetitive practices on the market for mandatory technical certification of motor vehicles (Macedonian Drivers Union)

61

On 22 November 2012 the Macedonian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) where the latter found that Macedonian Drivers Union (SVM) has infringed national equivalent of Article 101(1) TFEU by fixing prices for the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian High Administrative Court upholds the decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority prosecuting the incumbent telecom operator for establishing high prices for its digital lines leased to the rival Internet providers (Macedonian Telecom)

100

On 7 November 2012 the Macedonian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) where the latter found that the incumbent telecom operator Macedonian Telecom has infringed national equivalent of Article 102 TFEU by establishing (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina finds an abuse of a collective dominant position on the market of fast money transfer services (Western Union)

199

On 6 November 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) found that four Western Union agents have abused their collective dominant position on the market for fast money transfer services by including the exclusivity clauses in their cooperation agreements with the banks (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority modifies its leniency decision in a case of a vertical distribution agreement with a resale price maintenance clause (Idea, Swisslion Group)

138

On 25 October 2012 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) established that by including the resale price maintenance clause (minimum resale prices) in their distribution agreement Idea d.o.o. (distributor) and Swisslion Group d.o.o. (supplier) have concluded an anti-competitive agreement (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina prosecutes the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina for favouring domestic companies on the market for pharmaceuticals reimbursed under the national health insurance system

112

On 4 October 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) qualified the actions of the Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Government) that accorded preferential treatment to the domestically produced medicines under the national health insurance scheme as (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina rejects the complaint alleging the anti-competitive character of the government subsidies for energy generation from renewable sources (APEOR)

66

On 4 October 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) rejected the complaint of the Association of renewable energy producers (APEOR) alleging the anti-competitive nature of the measures adopted by the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (VFBiH) for the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina prosecutes local administration for restricting competition on the cable TV market (CATV SAT, Municipality of Bosanski Brod)

121

On 7 August 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) prosecuted a local administration and a provider of cable TV services for the implementation of an anti-competitive agreement that inhibited the local administration from granting construction permits to the potential (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina evaluates a joint venture agreement in the cable TV market under the national equivalent of Article 101 TFEU (BHB Cable, ELTA-MT)

76

On 31 July 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) established that the joint venture agreement concluded by the two cable TV providers for the operation of the common cable network did not constitute an anti-competitive agreement under the national equivalent of Article (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority imposes nominal fines on the participants of a price-fixing agreement on the bread market (Craftsmen Association of Osijek)

97

On 26 July 2012 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) established that the Craftsmen Association of Osijek (UOOS) and its individual members have entered into an anti-competitive agreement with an objective to fix the retail price of white bread and thus infringed the national equivalent of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority finds no abuse of dominance in the absence of economic dependence in the bulk handling terminal services market (Comvex, Arcelor Mittal)

133

On 22 June 2012 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) concluded its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position on the bulk hanlding terminal services market. In the absence of the clearly defined situation of economic dependence between the parties and in the view of the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice quashes the NCA decision concerning anticompetitive practices in the road transport sector and limits the NCA’s powers (Micora-Trans)

61

On 6 June 2012 the Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) upheld the judgment issued by the Chisinau Court of Appeals (CAC) against the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) where the latter established the violation of the basic principles of competition (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian High Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s infringement decision concerning an abuse of dominant position on the funeral services market (JPKD Komunalec Strumica)

153

On 9 May 2012 the Macedonian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld, as a second instance court, the infringement decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) against the municipal undertaking JPKD Komunalec Strumica (Komunalec) for the abuse of dominant position on the funeral (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian High Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s infringement decision finding an abuse of dominant position on the funeral services market (JPKD Komunalec Strumica)

95

On 9 May 2012 the Macedonian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld, as a second instance court, the infringement decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) against the municipal undertaking JPKD Komunalec Strumica (Komunalec) for the abuse of dominant position on the funeral (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions a medical professional association for adoption of minimum tariffs for medical appointments (Bulgarian Medical Association)

177

On 3 May 2012 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) prosecuted the Bulgarian Medical Association (BLS) for the adoption of minimum tariffs for medical appointments applied towards patients outside the national health insurance system. For the established infringement of the national (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s decision concerning the abuse of dominance in collection of royalties by the Croatian Composers’ Society (Croatian Composers’ Society)

124

On 7 March 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) issued against the Croatian Composers’ Society (HDS-ZAMP) for abusing its dominant position on the market for collection of royalties for copyrighted music (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina prosecutes the regional government for public procurement infringements that resulted in restriction of competition in the transports market (Centrotrans-Eurolines)

264

On 18 April 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina (KV) established that public procurement infringements by the Sarajevo cantonal Ministry of Education, Science and Youth (the Ministry) resulted in restriction of competition on the passenger transport market. The KV found (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s decision against an automobile supplier for including anticompetitive provisions its auto repair services agreements that could not be exempted under the national equivalent of the EC Regulation 1400/2002 (Kia Motors)

256

On 29 March 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision issued by the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) against the exclusive supplier of KIA automobiles in Croatia Kia Motors Adria Group d.o.o. (KMAG) for obliging the authorized auto repairers to (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s interpretation of the block exemption regulation on vertical agreements in a resale price maintenance case (M San Grupa)

387

On 7 March 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) issued against the wholesaler of the household electronics M SAN Grupa d.d.(MSG) for imposing the resale price maintenance obligations on one of its (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court upholds the infringement decision of the Competition Authority finding discriminatory pricing on the market for jet fuel supplied in Croatian airports (INA)

129

On 9 February 2012 the Croatian High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the infringement decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) issued against the sole supplier of jet fuel JET A-1 in Croatian airports INA-Industrija nafte d.d. (INA) for an exploitative abuse of dominant position (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina addresses anti-competitive regulations in the regional market for medicines reimbursed under national health insurance system (Cantonal Government of Zenica-Doboj and the Cantonal Health Insurance Office of Zenica-Doboj)

97

On 28 February 2012 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) established that the Cantonal Government of Zenica-Doboj (Ze-Do Government) and the Cantonal Health Insurance Office of Zenica-Doboj (Ze-Do Office) by adopting a series of sector-specific regulations have restricted (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian High Administrative Court rules on the compatibility of a selective distribution network in the automobile sector with the block exemption regulation (Sanabilis Citroen)

185

On 22 February 2012 the High Administrative Court (VUS) upheld the decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN), which found no anti-competitive practices in the distribution of Citroen automobiles in Croatia. The exclusive importer of Citroen automobiles in Croatia Citroen Hrvatska (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority applies its leniency programme in a case of a vertical distribution agreement with a resale price maintenance clause (Idea / Swisslion)

400

On 23 December 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) established that by including the resale price maintenance clause (minimum prices) in their distribution agreement Idea d.o.o. (distributor) and Swisslion Group d.o.o. (supplier) have concluded an anti-competitive agreement contrary to (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority sanctions the association of insurers and its members for anti-competitive practices in the market for "casco" auto insurance (Serbian Association of Insurers)

113

On 23 December 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) imposed fines on the Serbian Association of Insurers (UOS) and its ten member insurance companies for the adoption and adherence to the UOS’s decision regulating the Casco auto insurance services. The fine for the adoption of the UOS’s (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Administrative Court upholds the infringement NCA’s decision establishing the existence of concerted practices among newspaper publishers that led to uniform price increases (lobodna Dalmacija, Europapress holding, RTD, Glas Slavonije...)

123

On 21 December 2011 the Croatian Administrative Court upheld the infringement decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) establishing the existence of concerted practices among newspaper publishers that led to uniform price increases. The case dates back to 2010 when the AZTN (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justices quashes two infringement decisions of the Competition Authority on concerted practices in the market for retail trade in oil derivatives for the lack of evidence (Petrom and Lukoil)

201

On 7 December 2011 the Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) upheld the two judgments issued by the Chisinau Court of Appeals (CAC) against the infringement decisions of the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) where the latter alleged the existence of the concerted practices on the market (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice quashes the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority on concerted practices in the market for retail trade in oil derivatives for the lack of evidence and failure to specify the anti-competitive object (Parstar Petrol)

63

On 15 February 2012 the Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) upheld the judgment issued by the Chisinau Court of Appeals (CAC) against the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) where the latter found the existence of the concerted practices on the market for (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority sanctions two bus operators for entering into a pooling agreement and eliminating price competition between them (Lasta and Europa Bus)

162

On 24 November 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) established that two bus operators, Lasta a.d. and Europa-Bus d.o.o. by concluding a pooling agreement concerning cooperation on the bus route Valjevo-Belgrade-Valjevo have committed an infringement of the national equivalent of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority grants immunity from fines to a bus company for the notification of the price-fixing agreement with a competitor (Jeremic prevoz / Nis ekspres)

148

On 24 November 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) established that the two bus operators, Jeremic prevoz d.o.o. and Nis ekspres a.d. by concluding an agreement concerning joint transportation services and establishing uniform ticket prices have committed an infringement of the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina finds no anticompetitive practices on the market for telecom interconnection services in the absence of the requisite anticompetitive object and effect (Crumb / Telekomunikacije Republike Srpske, Aneks)

270

On 17 November 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) closed its investigation into the alleged existence of anticompetitive agreement between the incumbent telecom operator Telekomunikacije Republike Srpske a.d.(Telekom RS) and an independent provider of fixed (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority identifies anticompetitive actions of the public authorities in the international passenger transport market (AutoInterBus-Tur, Ministry of Transports and Road Infrastructure, Moldtrans-Tur, Eurolines Moldova)

281

On 4 November 2011 the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) held that the actions of the Ministry of Transports and Road Infrastructure (MTID) led to restriction of competition on the market for international passenger transport. The ANPC’s investigation commenced on 29 July 2010 following the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority identifies anticompetitive practices in the application of the selective distribution system for motor vehicles and repair services that cannot be exempted under the national equivalent of the EC reg. 1400/2002 (Euro Rent Sport)

661

On 13 October 2011 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) identified a number of anticompetitive agreements in the selective distribution system applied by the exclusive supplier of Mitsubishi automobiles in Croatia – Euro Rent Sport d.o.o. (ERS) - that could not be exempted under the BER in (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority closes its investigation concerning excessive prices in the market for quality certification services harmonized with the construction products Directive (IGH)

159

On 13 October 2011 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) dismissed the complaint lodged by the cement importer ARMACOM d.o.o. against Institut IGH d.d., an organization authorized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction (MZOPU) to provide inspection (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina closes the investigation into the alleged abusive practices of the incumbent telecom operator without reaching a decision on the merits (Telekom RS / Crumb group)

246

On 12 October 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) closed its investigation into the alleged abuse of dominant position on the part of the incumbent telecom operator Telekom RS. The KV‘s investigation was prompted by a complaint lodged by an independent telecom (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority rejects a merger application because the parties failed to produce evidence demonstrating their “serious intent” to consummate the transaction (Sudosteuropa / Novisti)

127

On 12 October 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) rejected the individual merger application of OST Holding Sudosteuropa GmbH(OST) (acquiring undertaking), which intended to acquire indirect control over the Serbian newspaper company Novosti. The KZK’s decision was based on the failure (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority highlights the distinction between anticompetitive object and effect in the resale price maintenance case on the men’s cloth pants market (Producție Zarah Modern, Cargus Trans, Getin Com)

900

On 30 September 2011 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) established the existence of the resale price maintenance (RPM) clauses in the distribution contracts concluded by SC Producție Zarah Modern SRL(PZM) with its distributorsSC Cargus Trans SRLandSC Getin Com SRLon the market for (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina interprets the rules on mandatory notification of concentrations, which reveals inconsistency between the Competition Act and the Merger Regulation

222

On 29 September 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) issued an opinion in relation to the application of merger notification thresholds in cases involving foreign companies with or without presence on the domestic market. The KV’s opinion was prompted by the request (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Administrative Court upholds the infringement decision of the Competition Authority against a public company for abuse of dominance on the funeral services market (Gradska groblja Kragujevac)

277

On 22 September 2011 the Administrative Court upheld the infringement decision of the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) finding an abuse of dominant position in the form of tying by the public company JKP Gradska groblja Kragujevac (GGK). The Court ruled that the KZK has correctly found that (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority releases the results of the sector inquiry on the market for production, transportation, distribution and supply of thermal energy in the municipality of Bucharest

300

In August 2011 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) completed and released for public consultation the results of sector inquiry on the market for production, transportation, distribution and supply of thermal energy in the municipality of Bucharest. The CC‘s report identified technical, (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Administrative Court upholds the decision of the National Competition Authority sanctioning professional association for the adoption of the minimum prices to be charged by its members (Veterinary Chamber of Serbia)

136

On 7 July 2011 the Administrative Court has upheld the infringement decision of the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) sanctioning the Veterinary Chamber of Serbia (VKS) for adopting minimum prices to be charged by its members. The judgment has reaffirmed the competence of the KZK to impose (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Court of Appeals quashes the infringement decision of the Competition Authority on concerted practices in the market for retail trade in oil derivatives on the basis of lack of evidence (Petrom-Moldova)

224

On 24 June 2011 the Chisinău Court of Appeals (the CAC) quashed the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) establishing the existence of concerted practices on the market for retail trade in oil derivatives. The CAC held that the ANPC failed to present sufficient (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina addresses anti-competitive regulations on the taxi market of one of the cantons (Ministry of Transport of the Sarajevo Canton and Assembly of the Sarajevo Canton)

273

On 14 June 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) established that the Assembly of Sarajevo canton and the Ministry of Transport of Sarajevo canton by adopting a series of sector-specific regulations have restricted competition on the market for taxi services on the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority establishes the existence of resale price maintenance agreements on the market for fresh fruits and vegetables (Interfruct, Albinuța Shops, Profi Rom Food)

977

On 31 May 2011 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) held illegal the resale price maintenance clauses contained in the sales contracts concluded by a wholesaler of fresh fruits and vegetables in the municipality of Bucharest (SC Interfruct SRL) with two retailers (SC Albinuța Shops SRL, SC (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority declares illegal a distribution agreement granting a distributor a 2% rebate for compliance with the supplier’s resale price maintenance policy concerning certain branded food products (Grand Prom, Idea)

778

On 26 May 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) has declared illegal the distribution agreement between Grand Prom a.d. (supplier) and Idea d.o.o. (distributor) granting to the distributor a 2% rebate for compliance with resale price maintenance policy set by the supplier in relation to (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority finds discriminatory pricing practices on the market for jet fuel supplied in Croatian airports (INA – Industrija nafte, Dubrovnik Airline)

411

On 19 May 2011 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) found an exploitative abuse of dominant position in the discriminatory pricing applied by a petroleum company supplying jet fuel to the domestic airline companies. The AZTN‘s investigation was prompted by a complaint lodged in December of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii A Moldovan Court of Appeals quashes the concerted practices decision of National Competition Authority for the failure to demonstrate the existence of a price coordination mechanism and the absence of alternative explanations (Lukoil Moldova)

177

On 12 May 2011 the Chișinău Court of Appeals (the CAC) quashed the infringement decision of the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) establishing the existence of the concerted practices on the market for retail trade in oil derivatives. The CAC held that the ANPC failed to prove that seven (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Administrative Court upholds the decision of the Competition Authority sanctioning two leading dairy food companies for abusing their dominant position on the raw milk market (Mlekara / Imlek)

130

On 21 April 2011 the Administrative Court has upheld the infringement decision of the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) sanctioning the two leading dairy food companies Mlekara and Imlek (both controlled by Danube Foods Group BV) for an abuse of their joint dominant position on the market for (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority accepts commitments of the national football federation in relation to the joint selling of the media rights (Federația Română de Fotbal / Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal din România)

607

On 19 April 2011 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) accepted the commitments proposed by the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) and, one of its members, the Romanian Professional Football League (LPF) in relation to the joint selling of the media rights and thus closed its investigation (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bosnian & Herzegovinan Competition Authority confirms that transfer of assets falls under definition of the “acquisition of control” under the national Merger Regulation and increases the level of fines for the failure to notify (Optima Grupa)

643

On 7 April 2011 the Bosnian & Herzegovinan Competition Authority (KV) fined the petroleum company OPTIMA Grupa d.o.o. (OPTIMA) for the failure to notify a concentration, which took the form of asset acquisition. The KV has thus reaffirmed that acquisition of assets falls under definition of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions an electricity distributor for refusal to supply despite the existing commitments decision in a similar case (E.ON Bulgaria Sales)

388

On 22 March 2011 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) prosecuted the dominant electricity distributor E.ON Bulgaria Sales for the refusal to supply due to the existing debts accumulated by the previous owner of the facility supplied with electric energy. The CPC‘s investigation into the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority fines a professional association for adopting uniform minimum service fees to be applied by its members (Veterinary Chamber of Serbia)

334

On 17 March 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) has fined the Veterinary Chamber of Serbia (VKS) for adopting uniform minimum service fees to be applied by its members. The fine amounted to 7% of the VKS’s annual turnover in 2007 (RSD 1.243.690 or approx. EUR 12.330). The above (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Supreme Court of Cassation holds that the rules on determining the abuse of dominant position are inapplicable in a case of conditional merger clearance (Delta Agrar)

207

On 11 March 2011 the Supreme Cassation Court of Serbia (VKS) quashed the judgment of the Administrative Court, which annulled the conditional merger clearance delivered by the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) in the Delta Agrar/Florida Bel case. The VKS held inter alia that the rules on (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority initiates an ex officio investigation concerning potential acquisition of the majority shareholding in the incumbent telecom operator (Telekom Austria, Telekom Srbija)

552

On 28 February 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) initiated an ex officio investigation into the (anti)competitive effects of the potential acquisition by Telekom Austria of the majority shareholding (51%) in the Serbian incumbent telecom operator Telekom Srbija. Following the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority initiates an ex officio investigation concerning potential acquisition of the majority shareholding in the incumbent telecom operator (Telekom Austria, Telekom Srbija)

43

On 28 February 2011 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) initiated an ex officio investigation into the (anti)competitive effects of the potential acquisition by Telekom Austria of the majority shareholding (51%) in the Serbian incumbent telecom operator Telekom Srbija. Following the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina follows EU competition law standards and rejects an anticompetitive agreement complaint in relation to affiliated companies being part of a “single economic entity” (Elektrokontakt, Elektroprivreda, Eldis-tehnika)

367

On 25 February 2011 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) rejected an abuse of dominance complaint lodged by Elektrokontakt SA d.o.o. (Elektrokontakt) against an electricity distributor, public undertaking JP Elektroprivreda BiH d.d. (Elektroprivreda) and its (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority finds an exploitative abuse of dominant position in the invoicing practices of an electricity distributor (RED Union Fenosa)

529

On 22 February 2011 the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) established that I.C.S. RED Union Fenosa S.A. (Union Fenosa) has abused its dominant position on the market for supply and distribution of electricity at regulated tariffs by including an automatic notice of disconnection in its (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority finds no abuse of dominance in the royalty collecting mechanism applied by the national collecting society for copyrighted music (Croatian Composers’ Society)

1107

On 16 December 2010 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) completed its investigation into the royalties collecting mechanism administered by the national collecting society for copyrighted music – the Croatian Composers’ Society (HDS-ZAMP) and found no abuse of dominant position alleged by (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority grants an individual exemption in relation to non-compete obligation contained in a settlement agreement (Intereuropa sajam međunarodno otpremništvo / UPS Worldwide Forwarding)

479

On 16 December 2010 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) granted an individual exemption in relation to a non-compete obligation contained in a settlement agreement between international courier services providers Intereuropa sajam međunarodno otpremništvo d.o.o.(Intereuropa) and UPS (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority identifies a number of vertical restraints in the auto repair services agreements that could not be exempted under the national equivalent of the EC Regulation 1400/2002 (Kia Motors Adria Group)

644

On 2 December 2010 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) established the existence of anticompetitive provisions in the auto repair services agreements concluded by the exclusive importer of KIA automobiles in Croatia Kia Motors Adria Group d.o.o. (KMAG) with its authorized auto repairers. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Parliament adopts a new competition law

489

On 13 November 2010 the new Macedonian Law on Protection of Competition has entered into force replacing the current law that has been in force since 2005. The new law introduced a number of substantive and procedural changes that have been aimed at harmonizing Macedonian competition law with (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority imposes a record fine on the professional association for fixing the minimum service fees of its members on the basis of both national and EU competition provisions (Expert and Licensed Accountants)

599

On 2 November 2010 the Romanian Competition Authority (CC) prosecuted the Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania (CECCAR) for publishing the minimum service fees to be applied by the CECCAR members. The CC held that setting of the minimum service fees amounted to price fixing (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court upholds the decision of the competition authority establishing the existence of a cartel on the market for poultry meat and eggs (Bulgarian Poultry Breeders Union)

1325

On 15 September 2010 the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) upheld the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) establishing that the members of the Bulgarian Poultry Breeders Union (SPB) have infringed the national equivalent of Article 101 TFEU by coordinating prices (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority fines the National Health Insurance Fund for imposing maximum retail margins for medicines sold under the national health insurance scheme (National Health Insurance Fund)

1308

On 7 July 2010 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) established that the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) has abused its dominant position on the market for medicines reimbursed under the national health insurance scheme by imposing the maximum retail margins to be applied by the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court partially upholds the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority finding an abuse of dominance on the market for electricity distribution and accessory services (CEZ Distribution Bulgaria)

772

On 10 May 2010 the five-member panel of the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) pronounced its final word in abuse of dominance case brought by the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) against the electricity distributor CEZ Distribution Bulgaria. The proceedings were prompted by the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority fines € 90.000 a professional association for setting and disseminating recommended prices for construction services (Bulgarian Construction Chambers)

1526

On 4 May 2010 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) concluded its investigation into the existence of anticompetitive practices on the national market for construction services and prosecuted the Bulgarian Construction Chamber (KSB) for the infringement of national equivalent of Article (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Competition Authority finds the existence of anticompetitive practices on the market for mandatory technical certification of motor vehicles (Macedonian Drivers Union)

641

On 4 May 2010 the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) found that Macedonian Drivers Union (SVM) has infringed national equivalent of Article 101(1) TFEU by fixing prices for the mandatory technical certification services provided by its member organizations - local drivers clubs. The (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority identifies restrictive provisions of the selective distribution agreements for motor vehicles and repair services that cannot be exempted under the relevant block exemption regulation (Hyundai auto Zagreb)

2186

On 8 April 2010 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) identified a number of anticompetitive provisions in the selective distribution agreements concluded by exclusive supplier of Hyundai automobiles in Croatia - Hyundai auto Zagreb d.o.o. (HAZ) - that could not be exempted under the BER in (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority accepts the commitments offered by the electricity provider in order to prevent abusive practices on the market for electricity distribution (E.ON Bulgaria Sales)

816

On 25 March 2010 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) accepted the commitments offered by E.ON Bulgaria Sales in order to prevent potential abuses of dominant position on the market for electricity distribution. The CPC’s investigation into the existence of unilateral practices on the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority establishes existence of concerted practices among newspaper publishers that led to a uniform price increase (Slobodna Dalmacija, Europapress holding, RTD, Glas Slavonije, Glas Istre, Novi list, Večernji list, Vjesnik-naklada)

804

On 25 March 2010 the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) established that eight publishers of daily newspapers violated national equivalent of Article 101 TFEU by entering into an anticompetitive agreement in the form of concerted practices, which led to the uniform increase of the retail (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Administrative Court upholds the decision of the NCA finding an abuse of dominance on the market for distribution of cigarettes (Adris grupa, Ronhill)

1530

On 24 March 2010 the Croatian Administrative Court upheld the decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) finding an abuse of dominant position on the market for distribution of cigarettes. The applicants in this case, Adris grupa d.d. (former tobacco factory in Rovinj - Tvornica (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina investigates tender procedures for the supply of the vaccines organized by the State health insurance office (Pharma-Maac)

771

On 21 October 2009 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) received a complaint lodged by the pharmaceuticals trading company Pharma-Maac. The applicant alleged the existence of anticompetitive agreement between the Health Insurance Office of the Sarajevo Canton (hereinafter (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority defines the termination of electricity supply due to the debts accumulated by the previous owner as an abuse of dominant position (EVN Bulgaria Elektrosnabdiavane)

1546

On 18 February 2010 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) held that electricity supplier EVN Bulgaria Elektrosnabdiavane (ES) has committed an abuse of dominant position by terminating the supply of electricity due to the debts accumulated by the previous owner of the facility in the town (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority defines the refusal to supply on the market for provision of technical water as abuse of dominant position (Chimik / Irrigation Systems)

781

On 18 February 2010 the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that single supplier of technical water in the city of Asenovgrad, Irrigation Systems has abused its dominant position by terminating the supply of technical water to one of its clients, Chimik. The facts of the case were as follows. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina initiates an investigation into potential margin squeeze practices of the incumbent telecom operators (BH Telecom / Telekomunikacije Republike Srpske)

862

On 16 February 2010 the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (KV) opened an investigation into the potential margin squeeze practices applied by the incumbent telecom operators BH Telecom and Telekom RS. The investigation was prompted by the complaint submitted by the independent (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Administrative Court upholds the decision of the NCA imposing interim measures following an assessment of the unilateral termination of the motor vehicle distribution agreement (Tomić)

831

On 27 January 2010 the Croatian Administrative Court upheld the decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) imposing interim measures in the case of unilateral termination of the agreement on selective distribution of BMW automobiles. The applicant, Tomić & Co. d.o.o. (Tomic) was (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Administrative Court upholds the NCA’s decision finding no abuse of dominance on the bus transportation services market (Fanika Vesligaj & Branko Kuntek)

627

On 21 January 2010 the Croatian Administrative Court upheld the decision of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) finding no abuse of dominant position on the market for bus transportation services in the municipality of Krapina. The AZTN’s investigation was prompted by the complaint lodged (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Administrative Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decisions establishing abusive charges on the mobile telecommunications market (T-Mobile)

863

In December 2009 the Macedonian Administrative Court has put a full stop in a lengthy litigation process between the Macedonian Competition Authority (KZK) and two mobile phone operators Cosmofon and T-Mobile Macedonia which according to the KZK have abused their dominant positions on the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority advises the Government to amend regulation of the insurance services in order to preserve competition among insurers (Regulation of the insurance services sector)

961

On 5 November 2009 the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) issued an ex officio opinion regarding new regulation of the insurance sector brought about by the Law on Obligatory Insurance , which entered into force on 12/10/2009. KZK was of the opinion that new law substantially restricted (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority clarifies that if it does not issue individual merger decision within the specified timeframe, the notified merger should be considered prohibited (DELTA M)

920

On 15 October 2009 DELTA M. d.o.o. (DELTA M) , Serbian company with operations in agribusiness, food processing, retail, distribution, automotive business, real estate development and financial brokerage applied to the Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) asking for clarification of the merger (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority annulls the decision of the Serbian Association of Insurers setting the minimum premium rates for motor vehicle liability insurance (Serbian Association of Insurers)

1222

On 21 October 2009 Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) following an ex officio investigation annulled a decision of the Serbian Association of Insurers (UOS) setting minimum premium rates for motor vehicle liability insurance as anticompetitive agreement prohibited by the relevant provisions of (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority advises the Government to review the list of medicines provided under the national health insurance scheme (Medicines provided under the national health insurance scheme)

1149

On 2 October 2009 Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) issued an opinion concerning the Government’s decision to reduce the number of medicines purchased by the medical institutions under the national health insurance scheme. KZK initiated its investigation following a complaint lodged by a law (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority annulls an anticompetitive agreement concluded by five bus operators fixing ticket prices on the regular routes between Serbia and Germany (Panonijabus, Lasta, ATP Vojvodina, Severtrans, Nis-Ekspres)

1131

On 2 October 2009 Serbian Competition Authority (KZK) established existence of an anticompetitive agreement concluded by several bus companies for the purpose of limiting competition on regular bus routes between Serbia and Germany. Specified agreement labeled “Pool T-488” was concluded between (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority announces the results of the sector inquiry in the market for retail distribution of alimentary products (Report of the Sector Inquiry on Retail Distribution of Alimentary Products)

2222

On 29 September 2009 the Romanian Competition Authority published the results of it sector inquiry on the market for retail distribution of alimentary products, which was initiated in March 2008. The inquiry was narrowed down to several products, which have special importance in an average (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Russian Competition Authority establishes the existence of price-fixing agreements concluded between a mobile phone manufacturer and its distributors (Nokia)

2572

On 23 September 2009 Russian Competition Authority (FAS) established that leading manufacturer of mobile phones NOKIA has infringed Russian competition law by including recommended resale prices in its distribution contracts. Due to the fact that NOKIA has subsequently deleted “recommended (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority released its annual report

1071

On 14 September 2009 the Croatian Competition Authority (Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja) (AZTN) released its 2008 Annual Report where it summarized its law enforcement and related activities carried out in 2008. One of the major developments of the Croatian competition law enforcement (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority issues a conditional exemption of cooperation agreement between two leading sugar producers (Südzucker Moldova / Gold Crown)

1382

On 10 September 2009 Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) approved a cooperation agreement concluded between two leading sugar producers, Südzucker Moldova S.A. (Südzucker) and Gold Crown S.R.L. (Gold Crown), subject to conditions. Within the agriculture-oriented national economy of Moldova (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority orders the administrations of the agricultural markets to accord priority to the individual producers of agricultural products (Agromarkets)

1015

On 30 July 2009 the Moldovan Competition Authority (ANPC) following an investigation of competitive conditions on the agricultural markets in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau ordered the administrations of these markets to accord priority to the individual producers of agricultural products. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Competition Authority applies economic value test in assessment of the alleged exploitative abuse of dominance committed by the bus terminal administration (Avtobusni prevoziw)

1160

In 2007 bus operator Planeta Trans o.o.d. (Planeta Trans) complained to the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that Avtobusni prevozi a.d. (Avtobusni prevozi), a bus terminal administration in the city of Pleven abused its dominant position by imposing unfair prices and trading conditions on (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moldovan Competition Authority establishes dominance of the three domestic airlines on the regulated routes (Air Moldova, Moldavian Airlines, Tandem Aero)

1351

Moldovan Competition Authority (Agenţia Naţională pentru Protecţia Concurenţei) (ANPC) in a press release informed the public about the establishing of dominance of three domestic airlines Air Moldova , Moldavian Airlines and Tandem Aero on the regulated routes operated by these companies on the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina holds that State subsidies to the wood-processing industry does not represent an anti-competitive agreement (The Union of Independent Enterpreneurs Olovo)

967

On the basis of its grants program for stimulation of production and restructuring of the industry and mining sectors the Government of the Federation Bosnia & Herzegovina acted as co-investor in the establishment of the wood-processing joint venture “IP Krivaja 1884”, which incorporated IP (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority conditionally clears a merger between two major European airlines subject to behavioural remedies (Lufthansa - Austrian Airlines)

1521

On 17 July 2009 Serbian Competition Authority (Комисија за заштиту конкуренције) (KZK) after an in-depth investigation issued a conditional clearance of the merger uniting two leading European airlines : Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines . At the moment of the application for the merger clearance Lufthansa was already (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii Serbia receives its first law on control of State aids

1067

On 8 July 2009 National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia (Народна скупштина Републике Србије) adopted the nation’s first Law on Control of State Aid . The law defines state aid as any public expenditure, which puts the recipient in privileged position in relation to its competitors and thereby distorts free market (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Parliament adopts new competition law

1691

On 24 June 2009, the Croatian Parliament (Hrvatski sabor) adopted new competition law, which will be enforced by the Croatian Competition Authority (Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja) (AZTN) from 1 October 2010. The adoption of the new law pursued two primary aims : 1) further harmonization (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Russian Constitutional Court confirms the constitutionality of certain provision of the Competition Law regulating the powers of the national competition authority (Gazenergoset and Nizhnekamskneftkhim)

1458

In 2006 two companies, applicants in the present case, OAO “Gazenergoset” and OAO “Nizhnekamskneftkhim” have been found in violation of the competition law. Russian Competition Authority (Федеральная Антимонопольная Служба) (FAS) found that undertakings concerned participated in the concerted practices and (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court dismisses the charges of abuse of dominance launched against the national railway infrastructure company (Polygraphsnab)

1070

On 22 June 2009 the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria upheld the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that rejected the charges concerning abuse of dominant position committed by the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC). The case originated from the complaint (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority annuls the decision of the Serbian Association of Insurers regulating the terms of the Casco auto insurance services (Serbian Association of Insurers)

1596

On 5 June 2008 the Administrative Council of the Serbian Association of Insurers (Udruženje osiguravača Srbije) (UOS) on the basis of the preceding opinion of its Commission for Motor Vehicles (Komisija za motorna vozila) adopted a decision regulating the Casco auto insurance services provided by (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court confirms an NCA’s decision fining a heating plant company for exploitative abuse of dominance (Heating Plant Ruse)

1084

On 18 June 2009 the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria upheld the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) , which prosecuted Heating Plant in the municipality of Ruse (HPR) for abuse of its dominant position on the market for production and distribution of thermal heating in (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court affirms the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority prosecuting a water supply operator for abuse of dominant position (Sofiyska Voda)

1016

On 17 June 2009 the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria reviewed the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that prosecuted Sofiyska Voda (SV) , a water supply operator in Bulgarian capital of Sofia for abuse of dominant position. The facts of the case were as follows. Until (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moscow Federal Arbitration Court uphold the decision of the NCA prosecuting two petroleum companies for concerted price coordination (Gazpromneft Kuzbass and Tomsknefteprodukt)

1398

On 9 April 2008 Russian Competition Authority (FAS) found two petrochemical companies ZAO “Gazpromneft Kuzbass” (Gazpromneft Kuzbass) and OOO “Tomsknefteprodukt” VNK (Tomsknefteprodukt) in violation of the national provision equivalent to Article 81 EC. Both companies were active on gasoline retail (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority following a Phase II investigation clears a merger of two petroleum companies subject to structural and behavioral remedies (MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas - INA Industrija nafte)

2329

On 9 June 2009 Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) issued its conditional approval in relation to the proposed merger of two petroleum companies : MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc. (MOL) and INA Industrija nafte d.d. (INA). MOL was already holding 25% of the INA’s share capital from 2003 and now (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina rejects the complaint regarding the alleged abuse of dominant position by the incumbent operator of public postal services (MHS/JP BH Posta)

1098

On 30 December 2008 Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Konkurencijsko vijece BiH) (KV) received a complaint submitted by MHS d.o.o. (MHS) alleging the abuse of dominant position committed by the public operator of postal services JP BH Posta (BHP) . MHS was a private company (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina rejects an undertaking’s request for relief from payment of the fine for failure to notify a merger (Integral In ?enjering - Gradevinsko preduzeće Jedinstvo)

1185

In March 2008, on the basis of the publicly available information, the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Konkurencijsko vijeće BiH) (KV) learned about the merger of two construction companies active in the federal entity Republic of Srpska : Integral Inženjering a.d. (Integral (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority prosecutes a sport federation for mandating its athletes to use a single brand of protective wear (Karate Federation of Serbia and BMA Trading)

2701

Summary Serbian Competition Authority found anticompetitive the agreement between the Karate Federation of Serbia (KFS) and an exclusive importer of Adidas protective wear that mandated KFS athletes to use exclusively Adidas wear during the KFS-organized competitions. The agreement was (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Russian Supreme Arbitration Court uphold the decision of the NCA establishing concerted practices among supermarket chains and clarify the standard of proof in cases related to establishing the existence of concerted practices (Russian Competition Authority / Ak Bars Torg)

1425

Following numerous complaints lodged by the manufacturers of food products, the FAS initiated an investigation regarding the existence of the concerted practices among supermarket chains in the Republic of Tatarstan. The FAS discovered a number of similar or identical conditions in the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority imposes interim measures following an assessment of the unilateral termination of the motor vehicle distribution agreement (Simatic / Tomic)

2988

Summary The Croatian Competition Authority ordered the exclusive importer of the BMW automobiles into Croatia Tomic & Co. d.o.o. to include its former distributor and repair service provider Simatic d.o.o. in the network of authorized spare parts retailers and repair service providers. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina prohibits a merger leading to the strengthening of dominant position on the bakery products market and inflicts financial penalties on the responsible individual for the supply of incorrect and misleading information (Klas - Sprind)

1461

The merger notified to the Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Konkurencijsko vijeće BiH) (KV) concerned acquisition by Klas d.d. (Klas) of control over Sprind d.d. (Sprind), both undertakings active on the market for bakery products. At the time of the notification Klas was (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Competition Authority releases its 2008 Annual Report

1629

On 31 March 2009 the Macedonian Competition Authority (Комисијата за заштита на конкуренцијата) (KZK) released its annual report summarizing competition law enforcement activities undertaken in 2008. Legislative amendments and secondary regulations In its Annual Report KZK applauded recent amendments of the competition law (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority opens public consultation on the preliminary report of the sector inquiry on the market for cereals used in the bakery industry (Raport privind investigaþia utilã pentru cunoaterea pieþei cerealelor de panificaþie)

1563

In September 2007 the Romanian Competition Authority (Consiliul Concurenţei) (CC) launched a sector inquiry on the market for cereals used in the bakery industry. The preliminary report was completed in February 2009 and released for public consultation in March. The CC invited interested (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority grants an individual exemption for the exclusive distribution agreements concluded by the leading sugar products manufacturer with its distributors (Cadbury Romania)

3448

Summary The Romanian Competition Authority granted an individual exemption under Article 5(1) of the Competition Law n° 21/1996, a provision equivalent to Article 81(3) EC for a series of exclusive distribution contracts concluded between leading sugar products manufacturer SC Cadbury Romania (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court affirms the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority prosecuting incumbent telecom operator for tying its ADSL and fixed voice services (Bulgarian Telecom)

1112

On 19 February 2009 the Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria upheld the decision of the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that prosecuted the incumbent telecom operator - Bulgarian Telecom (BTC) for abuse of dominant position committed by tying its ADSL Internet and fixed voice (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina clears a merger of two Internet providers and imposes a fine for submission of incorrect information (Aneks / Ki system)

1298

Summary The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina (Konkurencijsko vijeće) (KV) cleared a merger between two dial-up and broadband internet providers in the cities of Banja Luka and Prijedor imposing a fine for the submission of incorrect information by the merging parties. Facts (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Constitutional Court confirms the constitutionality of provisions relating to the investigative and decision-making powers of the NCA (Astral Impex, Gabi’s, BDM)

1574

Summary Addressing the challenge of constitutionality of certain provisions of the Competition Law regulating the investigative and decision-making powers of the Competition Council, the Romanian Constitutional Court adhered to its preceding jurisprudence and dismissed the applicants’ (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Competition Authority prosecutes incumbent telecom operator for establishing high prices for its digital lines leased to the rival Internet providers (Macedonian Telecom)

1334

Summary The Macedonian Competition Authority prosecuted incumbent telecom operator for engaging in abusive pricing when leasing its digital lines to independent internet providers, which resulted in the price squeeze that put its rivals at a competitive disadvantage. The NCA’s decision followed (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina applies EC competition law standards prosecuting exclusive importer of automobiles for abuse of dominant position (ASA Auto / MRM export-import, "Volkswagen" case)

1410

Summary Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina fined an exclusive importer of the Volkswagen automobiles into B&H for abusing its dominant position on the relevant market. The abuse was manifested by the refusal to deal and application of the dissimilar conditions to the (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court rules on the abuse of dominant position committed by the bus terminal administration in setting the service charges paid by the bus operators (Avtobusni prevozi)

973

In 2007 bus operator Planeta Trans o.o.d. (Planeta Trans) complained to the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC) that Avtobusni prevozi a.d. (Avtobusni prevozi), a bus terminal authority in the city of Pleven abused its dominant position by imposing unfair prices and trading conditions, as (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority clears following EC standards a merger of wholesale and retail distributors subject to structural and behavioral remedies (Konzum - Lokica)

1733

Summary The Croatian Competition Authority (Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja) (AZTN) cleared subject to remedies the merger between Konzum d.d. and Lokica d.o.o., two wholesale and retail distributors with dominant market positions on the wholesale distribution market in Croatia and retail (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority annulls the price-fixing agreements concluded between a mobile phone operator and its distributors (VIPnet)

3135

VIPnet d.o.o. (VIPnet) is a Croatian mobile telecom operator established in 1998 by the Mobilkom Austria AG. VIPnet provides its services through a network of “partners” and “wholesalers”. “Partners” sell VIPnet’s products and services directly to the final consumers on the VIPnet’s account. (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Moscow Federal Arbitration Court upholds the decision of the Russian Competition Authority prosecuting the railways incumbent for abuse of dominance on the market for the refrigerated rail transport services (Russian Railways and Refservice)

1302

On 14 September 2007 Russian Competition Authority (Федеральная Антимонопольная Служба) (FAS) found an abuse of dominance on the market for refrigerated rail transport services committed jointly by the Russian Railways (ОАО Российские Железные Дороги) (RZD) and its daughter undertaking Refservice (ОАО Рефсервис) . Refservice (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority holds illegal resale price maintenance obligations imposed by a wholesaler of household electronics on its buyer (M San Grupa / Rivulus)

544

The respondent company M SAN Grupa d.d.(MSG) was a large wholesaler of the household electronics. The applicant company Rivulus d.o.o.(Rivulus) was buying various electronics items from MSG by placing the orders on the MSG’s website. It was then selling the goods through its own distribution (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Serbian Competition Authority finds abuse of dominant position on the market for TV content distribution via DTH technology (Serbia Broadband)

2873

Summary Serbian Competition Authority (Комисија за заштиту конкуренције) (KZK) established an abuse of dominant position on the part of Serbia Broadband (Serbia Broadband - Srpske Kablovske mreže, д.о.о. ) (SBB) that concluded exclusive distribution agreements with a number of national, regional and local TV channels (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority imposes interim measures following an assessment of the motor vehicle exclusive distribution agreement (Adria Lada / SPID)

4252

Summary The Croatian Competition Authority (Agencija za zaštitu tržišnog natjecanja) (AZTN) following a complaint launched by SPID d.o.o. obliged the official distributor of “Lada” automobiles in Croatia ADRIA LADA d.o.o. to publicly announce the criteria it applies for certification of the service (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Competition Authority rules on the compatibility of the promotion campaigns of an automobile importer with the block exemption regulation (Sanabilis/Citroën)

1426

Citroën Hrvatska d.o.o. (Citroën) is the exclusive importer of Citroën automobiles in Croatia, which established a selective distribution network of 19 distributors and 22 retailers of original spare parts and repair service centers. One of the Citroën’s distributors Sanabilis d.o.o. (Sanabilis) (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Competition Authority adopts guidance on assessment of non-horizontal concentrations (Guidelines on vertical and conglomerate concentrations)

1380

On 16 December 2008 the Macedonian Competition Authority (Комисијата за заштита на конкуренцијата) (KZK) adopted the Guidelines on assessment of vertical and conglomerate concentrations (Насоки за оценка на вертикални и конгломератни концентрации) (Non-Horizontal Guidelines), which were intended to complement the existing (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Croatian Constitutional Court affirms the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Competition Act and its application in conformity with the EU standards (P.Z.A.)

3265

Summary The Croatian Constitutional Court rejected the challenge against AZTN’s decision prosecuting the exclusive importer of the Volkswagen automobiles in Croatia for abuse of dominant position in accordance with the EU standards applied to this type of violation of competition law. The Court (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Romanian Competition Authority grants an individual exemption for the exclusive distribution agreements concluded by the leading chocolate producer with its distributors (Kraft Foods Romania)

3453

Summary The Romanian Competition Authority granted an individual exemption for exclusive distribution contracts concluded between chocolate producer Kraft Foods and its 14 distributors. Initially concerned with the risk of raising entry barriers and reduction of inter-brand competition among (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina prosecutes anticompetitive agreements from the regional health insurance office (Novo Nordisk v. Health Insurance Office of the Sarajevo Canton)

1295

Summary The Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina qualified the actions of the Health Insurance Office of the Sarajevo Canton, which excluded the pharmaceutical products of Novo Nordisk from the list of approved medicines sold to the insured under the national health insurance (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Administrative Court quashes two Competition Authority’s decisions having established abusive charges on consumers on the mobile telecommunications market (T-Mobile, Cosmofon, KZK)

1463

On 15 February 2008 Macedonian Competition Authority (Êîìèñè¼àòà çà çàøòèòà íà êîíêóðåíöè¼àòà) (KZK) issued two decisions finding the abuse of dominance on the mobile telecommunications market by two providers : T-Mobile (Ò-Ìîáèëå Ìàêåäîíè¼à) and Cosmofon (Êîñìîôîí Óñëóãè íà ìîáèëíà òåëåôîíè¼à ÀÄ Ñêîï¼å). Both (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Bosnian & Herzegovinan Competition Authority prosecutes regional Government for intervening with competitive process on the market for pharmaceuticals reimbursed under the national health insurance scheme (Association of Foreign Pharmaceutical Producers in Bosnia & Herzegovina / Cantonal Government Sarajevo)

1586

Summary Competition Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina qualified the actions of the Sarajevo cantonal government that provided preferential treatment to the domestically produced medicines under the national health insurance scheme as anticompetitive practice and ordered it to modify its (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Competition Authority following EC standards clears a merger in the mobile telecommunications sector subject to divestitures (Deutsche Telekom - OTE)

1378

Summary The Macedonian Competition Authority conditionally cleared the Deutsche Telekom’s acquisition of the controlling interest in OTE accepting structural divestitures (sale of Cosmofon’s operations) and behavioral commitments (continuation of the marketing of Cosmofon’s products and services (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Administrative Court confirms the Competition Authority’s decision prosecuting the incumbent telecom operator for refusing access to its network by independent Internet providers (Macedonian Telecom)

1282

Summary The Macedonian Administrative Court affirmed the decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority prosecuting the incumbent telecom operator for abuse of dominant position manifested in denial of access to its own ADSL network by independent internet providers, while the same (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii A Macedonian Court quashes a NCA’s decision establishing an abuse of dominance of the incumbent electricity provider on the electricity market (Elektrostopanstvo)

1881

Summary The Macedonian Administrative Court quashed the NCA’s decision imposing financial penalties for abuse of dominant position committed by Elektrostopanstvo on the electricity market. The main reason for the annulment consisted in the NCA’s failure to include all requisite information, (...)

Alexandr Svetlicinii The Macedonian Administrative Court confirms the Competition Authority’s decision establishing the exploitative abuse of dominance committed by the incumbent telecom operator (Macedonian Telecom)

1703

Summary The Macedonian Administrative Court affirmed the decision of the Macedonian Competition Authority establishing exploitative abuse of dominance by the incumbent telecom operator Macedonian Telecom manifested in the additional charges levied on the customers for issuance of the monthly (...)

Envoyer un message