Norwegian Competition Authority

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen)

Norwegian Competition Authority

The Norwegian Competition Authority is an independent regulatory agency whose activities are based on laws and decisions adopted by the Norwegian parliament (Storting), the government and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. The Norwegian Competition Authority also engages in extensive international cooperation. Through the EEA Agreement, competition rules mirroring the rules of the EU are implemented and enforced in Norway. The Norwegian Competition Authority aim is to ensure well-functioning markets for the benefit of consumers and society at large. Our mission is to help ensure efficient use of the society’s resources by promoting competition, for the benefit of consumers and businesses in various national markets. Our primary objective is that players operating in Norwegian markets comply with the competition rules, as competition is a way of achieving well-functioning markets. It is our task to enforce the Norwegian Competition Act. The Norwegian Competition Authority works with three main areas of competition law: unlawful cooperation (Section 10), abuse of a dominant position (Section 11) and control of mergers and acquisitions (Section 16). Failure to enforce the law in these three areas could weaken competition to the detriment of consumers and society at large, in the form of higher prices, less choice, poorer quality and a reduced rate of innovation. By providing guidance and engaging in a dialogue with the business community, by effectively enforcing the Competition Act, by adopting decisions imposing administrative fines and through effective communication, the Authority will prevent and put an end to anti-competitive practices. Our assessments and decisions shall be of the highest international standard, and we will act with the utmost professionalism and respect in relation to parties involved in our cases.

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Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority fines an energy company for breach of disclosure requirements regarding its acquisition of a petrol station belonging to a competing chain (St1 Norge)

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The Norwegian Competition Authority imposes a fine of NOK 3 million on St1 Norge AS* The Norwegian Competition Authority has today imposed a fine of NOK 3 million on St1 Norge AS for breach of disclosure requirements when it took control over a petrol station belonging to a competing chain. (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Tribunal upholds the Competition Authority’s decision to block a merger between two media companies (Schibsted / Nettbil)

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Competition Tribunal upholds decision to block Schibsted’s acquisition of Nettbil* The Competition Tribunal agrees with the Norwegian Competition Authority that Schibsted’s acquisition of Nettbil should be prohibited. Schibsted ASA and Nettbil AS operate competing digital marketplaces for (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority announces that a UK publishing company withdrew its notification of the merger with a competitor (Bonnier Books / Strawberry Publishing Norge)

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Bonnier Books withdraws notification of merger* Bonnier Books has informed the Norwegian Competition Authority that it withdraws the notification of the merger between Bonnier Books Holding AB and Strawberry Publishing Norge AS. The transaction was notified to the Norwegian Competition (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority alongside other Nordic countries publishes a joint report on online pharmacy markets and calls for removing the requirement to have physical pharmacies

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Nordic Competition Authorities: Online pharmacies can increase competition in the pharmacy sector* The Nordic Competition Authorities have 14.4.2021 published a joint memorandum on online pharmacy markets in the Nordics. The memorandum finds that the size and regulation of online pharmacy (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority decides to repeal its decision to impose a fine on a grocery wholesaling company for an infringement of disclosure requirements regarding the acquisition of a competitor (Norgesgruppen / Sædalssvingene 3 Eiendom)

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The Authority repeals decision against Norgesgruppen* The Norwegian Competition Authority has decided to repeal its decision to impose a fine of 20 million NOK on Norgesgruppen for an infringement of disclosure requirements related to an acquisition by Norgesgruppen of the company (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority warns in a statement of objections that it is considering imposing fines on three grocery store chains for collusion leading to higher prices (Norgesgruppen / Coop / Rema 1000)

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Anticompetitive practices may have led to higher grocery prices* The Norwegian Competition Authority warns in a Statement of Objections that it is considering imposing fines totaling 21 billion NOK on Norgesgruppen, Coop and Rema 1000. The Authority’s preliminary assessment is that the three (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority fines two companies in the alarm sector for engaging in market sharing practices (Verisure / Sector Alarm)

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Fines exceeding 1 billion NOK in total imposed on Verisure and Sector Alarm* The Norwegian Competition Authority has today imposed a fine of 766 million NOK on Verisure AS and last year a fine of 467.3 million NOK on Sector Alarm for collusion in the market for the provision of alarm services (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority closes its investigation against two companies after they agree to stop publishing recommended list prices for retail fuel (Circle K / YX)

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Closes investigation against Circle K and YX* The Norwegian Competition Authority has today closed an investigation against Circle K Norge AS and YX Norge AS. The two companies have agreed to end their practice of publishing recommended list prices for retail fuel on their websites. Autumn (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority releases a survey of purchase prices faced by grocery chains in 2018 and 2019 which confirms 2017 findings of significant differences in purchasing conditions in certain cases

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New survey of purchase prices confirms significant differences* The Norwegian Competition Authority has examined the differences in purchase prices that Norwegian grocery chains faced in 2018 and 2019. The results confirm last years’ findings, based on data from 2017, that there are large (...)

Swedish Competition Authority, Danish Competition Authority, Icelandic Competition Authority, Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen), Finnish Competition Authority The Nordic Competition Authorities release joint memorandum on digital platforms and the future of European policy

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Nordic Competition Authorities release joint memorandum on digital platforms and the future of European policy* As a contribution to the debate on competition enforcement in the digital era and future rules for digital platforms, the Nordic competition authorities are today publishing a joint (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Competition Authority considers imposing fines on four publishers and a book database company for illegally sharing competitive sensitive information (Cappelen Damm / Forlagshuset Vigmostad & Bjørke / Gyldendal / Aschehoug / Bokbasen)

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Considers imposing fines on five companies in the book market totalling NOK 502 million* The Norwegian Competition Authority warns in a statement of objections that it considers imposing fines of NOK 502 million in total on the four publishers Cappelen Damm, Forlagshuset Vigmostad & Bjørke, (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Court of Appeal in Borgarting upholds the Competition Authority’s decision finding an illegal cooperation between 2 publishing companies (Cappelen Damm / Gyldendal)

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Court of Appeal upholds decision against publishing companies* Borgarting Court of Appeal agrees with the Norwegian Competition Authority that the publishing companies Cappelen Damm and Gyldendal cooperated illegally and boycotted the distributor Interpress. The publishers exchanged (...)

Norwegian Competition Authority (Bergen) The Norwegian Government grants the transportation sector a 3-month temporary exception from the Competition Act as a special measure due to COVID-19

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Transportation sector is granted temporary exception from the Competition Act* Following the corona epidemic, the Norwegian government has as of today granted the transportation sector a three months temporary exception from the prohibition against anticompetitive agreements and practices in (...)

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