Romanian Competition Authority

Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)

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

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10317 Bulletin

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority assesses the taking over of glass packing solutions provider by glass packing manufacturer for the food and beverage industry (Vetropack Austria Holding / Glass Container)

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The Competition Council Assesses the Taking Over of Glass Container by Vetropack Austria Holding AG* The Competition Council assesses the transaction by which Vetropack Austria Holding AG intends to take over Glass Container Company S.A. and Glass Container Prim S.A., located in Republic of (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines pharmaceutical company for non-compliance with some of its commitments assumed during the investigation regarding possible abuse of dominant position (GlaxoSmithKline)

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The Competition Council Sanctioned Glaxosmithkline Srl With Fine of 11.9 Million Lei* The Competition Council sanctioned GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) SRL with fine of lei 11.9 million for non-compliance with some of its commitments assumed during the investigation regarding a possible abuse of (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority authorizes the transfer of some assets between 2 companies operating in the production and marketing of automotive and other spare parts (Delfingen Industry / Schlemmer Group)

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The Competition Council Authorized the Taking Over of Some Assets of Schlemmer Group by Delfingen Industry S.A.* The Competition Council authorized the transaction by which Delfingen Industry S.A. takes over some assets and shares of the Schlemmer Group. Delfingen Industry S.A. is based in (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority launches for public debate the commitments proposed by 3 companies applying to use commercial rooms inside an international airport (Dnata Catering / Millenium Pro Design / CN Aeroporturi București)

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The Competition Council Launches for Public Debate the Commitments Proposed by Dnata Catering SRL, Millenium Pro Design SRL and CN „Aeroporturi București” SA* The Competition Council launches for public debate the commitments proposed by Dnata Catering SRL, Millennium Pro Design SRL and Compania (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority launches for public debate the commitments proposed by banks intending to become joint shareholders of a provider of integrated cash management services (Société Générale / Raiffeisen Bank / Banca Comercială Română)

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The Competition Council Launches for Public Debate the Commitments Proposed by BRD, Raiffeisen and BCR* The Competition Council launches for public debate the commitment proposals formulated by BRD - Groupe Société Générale SA (BRD), Raiffeisen Bank SA and Banca Comercială Română (BCR) in order to (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority opens investigation into the takeover of certain assets and shares between 2 competitors in the market for automotive components (Schlemmer Group / Delfingen Industry)

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The Competition Council Analyses the Taking Over of Some Assets of Schlemmer Group by Delfingen Industry S.a* The Competition Council analyses the transaction by which Delfingen Industry S.A. intends to take over some assets and shares of Schlemmer Group. Delfingen Industry S.A., based in (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority recommends "relaxation" of conditions for registering the mortgage notices in the national register for movable property publicity

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The Competition Council Recommends „relaxation” of Conditions for Registering the Mortgage Notices in the National Register for Movable Property Publicity* Following a sector inquiry, the Competition Council found that certain conditions of accessing the market for mortgage registration services (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority recommends that retailers affected by COVID-19 can negotiate their rental agreements as a group through intermediaries to avoid breaking competition law in the process

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The Competition Council Makes Recommendations in the Context of Reopening the Shopping Centres* The Competition Council recommends those companies that have rented commercial spaces in shopping centres to independently negotiate their contractual conditions with the owners/administrators of (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority expects to see price reductions in the natural gas market following its liberalization and global decreases in oil prices

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The Liberalization of the Natural Gas Market Should Lead to Price Reduction* In the context of the liberalization of the gas market for household consumers, the Competition Council points out that both at wholesale and retail level (household customers), there must be a normal competitive (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority issues findings from its study on the impact of the collaborative economy on the competitive environment and the competition policy

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The Development of the Collaborative Economy and the Relaxation of Market Access Conditions for Traditional Service Providers Leads to the Improvement of Competition* The Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated once again that digitalization, increasing the importance of platforms, technological (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines six undertakings for an anticompetitive agreement in the market of maintenance services required for ship equipment (Japan Radio / Alphatron Marine / Space Electronics / Alhoutyam / Navtron / Polar Denizcilikve Deniz Malzemeleri)

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The Competition Council sanctioned with 2 million euro six companies for anticompetitive agreements* The Competition Council sanctioned with fines totalling 9,002,621.75 lei (approx. 2 million Euro) for an anti-competitive agreement aiming at the limitation of marketing of the maintenance (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority fines a company operating in the retail market of IT products, home appliances and marketing via e-commerce platforms for gun jumping (Corsar Online)

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The Competition Council sanctioned Corsar Online Srl with fines of 1.6 million lei * The Competition Council sanctioned the company Corsar Online SRL with fines of approximately 1.6 million lei for the implementation of a merger before being authorized by the Competition Authority. In the (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority opens an investigation regarding an alleged dominant position on the market of energy production and trading (Hidroelectrica)

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THE COMPETITION COUNCIL INVESTIGATES A POSSIBLE ABUSE OF DOMINANT POSITION OF HIDROELECTRICA SA* The Competition Council opened an investigation concerning an alleged dominant possition of Hidroelectrica SA on the market of Romanian market energy production and trading. The Competition (...)

Romanian Competition Authority The Romanian Competition Authority opens a procedure against a company suspected of abuse of dominance in the mediation services market through online platforms (Dante International)

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The Competition Council analyses a possible abuse of dominant position of Dante International SA* The Competition Council opened an investigation on a possible abuse of dominant position by Dante International SA on the mediation services market through online platforms in Romania. Dante (...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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