Central & Eastern Europe Competition Policy

General antitrust

The Latvian Competition Authority conducts a survey which finds that every tenth entrepreneur and municipality are ready to engage in a competition law violation
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
Every tenth entrepreneur and municipality are ready to engage in a competition law violation* A public opinion survey conducted by the Competition Council (the CC) reveals that, despite the growing public awareness of fair competition and the applicable penalty amounts for violation of (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority says that municipalities which conclude in-house contracts without organizing competitive public procurement procedure may be subject to competition investigations
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
In-house contract can be concluded only in exceptional cases after assessing its impact on fair competition* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba supervising how municipalities comply with the Law on Competition when concluding in-house contracts will analyse whether they (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority and the Financial Services Supervisory Agency sign a memorandum of agreement for cooperation on sustainable competition policy
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency and Croatian Competition Agency sign a memorandum of agreement* The parties committed themselves to cooperation in the area of competition in the financial services market including the capital market, the insurance market, the pension insurance (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority and the State Commission for the Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures sign a memorandum of agreement committing to cooperate in ensuring effective competition in public procurement
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
STATE COMMISSION FOR THE SUPERVISION OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES AND CROATIAN COMPETITION AGENCY SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT* The parties committed themselves to cooperation in the area of competition in the public procurement procedures in all markets in the territory of the Republic (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority analyses the impact of tax consultancy and financial audit legislation on national competition
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
The competition council analyses the impact of tax consultancy and financial audit legislation on competition* The Competition Council carries out a study to analyse the impact on competition of the legislative provisions that oblige companies in the field of tax consultancy and financial (...)

The OECD suspends participation of Russia and Belarus in its activities as a sanction for Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
OECD suspends participation of Russia and Belarus in organisation‘s activities* On March 8 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) decided to suspend the participation of Russia and Belarus in all OECD bodies, including the meetings of the OECD Competition Committee (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority urges retail chains not to use their market power unfairly as suppliers suspend their ties with Russia and Belarus
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
“After” suppliers suspend their ties with Russia and Belarus, Lithuanian konkurencijos taryba urges retail chains not to use their market power unfairly* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has sent a letter to the firms managing five major retail chains urging them to take (...)

The Slovak Competition Authority releases a statement of support for the suspension of the Russian Federation in international cooperation in the field of competition protection
Slovak Competition Authority (Bratislava)
In connection with events in Ukraine, ICN Chair suspended the participation of the Russian Federation in international cooperation in the field of competition protection* AMO SR supports the ICN Chair´s decision. The International Competition Network (ICN) represents a global platform for (...)

The Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, and Polish Competition Authority jointly urge the OECD and UNCTAD to exclude Russian Government and individual experts from future events as a sanction for the country’s military aggression against Ukraine
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Joint statements to OECD and UNCTAD by Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Polish Competition Authorities in support of Ukraine* We, the heads of the Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian and Polish Competition Authorities, support the condemnation by our national governments of Russia‘s open large-scale (...)

The Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian Competition Authorities jointly urge the International Competition Network to exclude Russian Government and individual experts from future events as a sanction for the country’s military aggression against Ukraine
Estonian Competition Authority (Tallinn)
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Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
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Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
JOINT STATEMENT BY LITHUANIAN, LATVIAN, ESTONIAN COMPETITION AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF UKRAINE* We, the heads of the Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian Competition Authorities, support the condemnation by our national governments of Russia‘s open large-scale aggression against an independent, (...)

The Hungarian National Assembly adopts the Competition Authority’s report for 2021, noting particularly a 25% rise in enforcement actions
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The Hungarian National Assembly adopted the report of the Hungarian Competition Authority* 22 February 2022, Budapest - the Committee on Economics of the Hungarian National Assembly adopted the report on the Hungarian Competition Authority’s (GVH) activities and experiences related to the (...)

The Estonian Competition Authority finds that the low availability of high speed internet in rural areas can lead to competition concerns
Estonian Competition Authority (Tallinn)
The low availability of high-speed internet in rural areas can lead to competition concerns* The Estonian Competition Authority examined the issues related to the availability of internet services in rural and sparsely populated areas from the point of view of the competition situation. The (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority recommends division of public procurement contracts into road modernisation and repair works to increase competition in the bidding process
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
Consiliul Concurrentei : Division into lots of roads modernisation and repair works increases competition * The Competition Council recommends to the local public authorities to divide into lots the public procurement contracts / framework agreements for road modernization and repair works, (...)

The Czech Competition Authority discusses future cooperation and effective investigation of cartel agreements with the Slovak and Hungarian competition authorities
Czech Competition Authority (Brno)
The Chairman of the office discussed future cooperation and effective investigation of cartel agreements with the Slovak and Hungarian competition authorities* Petr Mlsna, the Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as “the Office”), made a working (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority and the national regulator for network industries re-sign cooperation agreement undertaking to focus particularly on telecommunications, postal and railway services and digital markets
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Hakom and CCA re-sign the cooperation agreement* With the view to facilitating the cooperation in the area of competition policy, particularly in the area of telecommunications, postal and railway services and digital markets, the president of the Competition Council Mirta Kapural, PhD and the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority joins forces with umbrella organisation representing domestic municipalities to tackle anti-competitive behaviour
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The GVH and the Hungarian Association of Cities with County Rights join forces for fair competition* 7 December 2021, Budapest – The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and the Hungarian Association of Cities with County Rights (MJVSZ) have concluded a cooperation agreement. The GVH and the (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority directs that price increase announcements by professional associations may infringe competition law
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
Price increase announcement can infringe the competition law* The Competition Council underlines that each undertaking belonging to a professional association must independently set its commercial policy and the anticipation of a certain price that should be charged may fall under the (...)

The OECD Competition Committee approves the Hungarian Competition Authority’s 2022 programme for the Regional Centre for Competition in Budapest
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The Competition Committee of the OECD has approved the 2022 programme of the OECD-GVH Regional Centre for Competition* 23 November 2021, Budapest – The President of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) presented the next year’s programme plans for the regional centre for competition, (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority publishes its 2020 market study concerning the national press publishing sector which indicates an unceasing fall in paid circulation
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Press Publishing Market in 2020 indicates unceasing fall in paid circulation* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) carried out its regular market investigation into the Croatian press publishing market in 2020 with the view to defining the market shares of the relevant market participants. (...)

The Polish Competition Authority publishes its annual antitrust activity report for 2020
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
At the end of June, the Polish Competition Authority (UOKiK) published its annual activity report for 2020 (the Report). The Report shows that last year was particularly notable for UOKiK’s enforcement. Highest fine in UOKiK’s history UOKiK imposed the highest fine in its history on Gazprom. (...)

The Slovak Parliament adopts the new competition law Act implementing the ECN+ directive and sets the date from when it would come into force
Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
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Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
The new Slovak Competition Act will come into force on 1 June 2021. While the primary purpose of adoption of the new legislation is the transposition of Directive 2019/1 to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper (...)

The Slovak Parliament adopts the Act on Protection of Competition which implements the provisions of the ECN+ Directive Free
Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
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Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
The implementation of the Directive 2019/1 to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (ECN+ Directive) is a topic that resonates in competition law circles all over the EU. In Slovakia, (...)

The Slovak Parliament passes an expansive Competition Act that expands upon the ECN+ Directive
Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
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Čechová & Partners (Bratislava)
The implementation of Directive 2019/1 to empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market (ECN+ Directive) is a topic that resonates in competition law circles all over the EU. In Slovakia, the (...)

The Croatian Government adopts a revised Competition Act transposing the ECN+ Directive that places fundamental guarantees of independence for the National Competition Authority
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Croatia adopts revised Competition Act 2021* The Act on the Amendments to the Competition Act was published in Official Gazette 41/2021 on 16 April 2021 and enters into force on 24 April 2021. In compliance with the rule against retroactivity, which prohibits the imposition of ex post facto (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority announces that the labelling of food and agriculture products falls outside the scope of its investigation
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Labelling of food and agri products falls outside the scope of Croatian Competition Agency* Following a number of recent media reactions and allegations calling out the Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) to take necessary steps and measures regarding the alleged improper marking and labelling (...)

The Czech Competition Authority publishes an annual report summarizing its significant activities in 2020 and outlining the agenda for 2021
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
The Office for the Protection of Competition (“Office”) recently published an annual report summarizing its significant activities in 2020 and outlining the agenda for 2021. The most important areas are prohibited agreements, abuse of a dominant position and significant market power. In 2020, in (...)

The Czech Government discusses two bills that may grant more powers to National Competition Authority
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
Currently, there are two bills being discussed in the Czech Parliament. Under the first bill, which implements the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) in the Czech Republic, the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (Office) would be entitled to require providers of public (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority issues a set of guidelines for marketing and commercial practices related to green and eco-friendly claims
Bird & Bird (Budapest)
The growing expectation of consumers towards manufacturers in offering environmental-friendly products and the impact of this expectation to commercial practises did not go unnoticed in Hungary either. At the end of 2020 the Hungarian Consumer Authority (“HCA”) assessed marketing and commercial (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority carries out a market inquiry in the on-line hotel booking sector
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
CCA carried out a market inquiry in the on-line hotel booking sector in the republic of Croatia* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) has conducted a market inquiry into the provision of on-line hotel booking services in the Republic of Croatia. The market inquiry was commenced at the end of (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority publishes a study on big data
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 3 December 2020, the Romanian Competition Council (“RCC”) published a study on the effects of Big Data on competition (the “Study”). The Study explains that the use of algorithmic models helps companies adjust their prices in real time, depending on changes in market demand. However, these (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority signs cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Justice
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The Hungarian Ministry of Justice and the Competition Authority cooperate for fair competition* The Hungarian Ministry of Justice (IM) and the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) have signed a cooperation agreement. The cooperation will facilitate the professional work of the two (...)

The Romanian Government drafts a law on the authorisation of 5G technology manufacturers and its effects on competition
Maravela, Popescu & Asociatii (Bucharest)
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Romtelecom (Bucharest)
The Romanian draft law on the authorisation of 5G technology manufacturers and its effects on competition represents a challenge for mobile operators and competition regulators. A draft law on measures relating to information and communication infrastructures of national interest and the (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority releases its 2019 annual report
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Annual Report of the Croatian Competition Agency for 2019* The Annual Report for 2019 outlines the CCA activities in the previous year and informs the political scene, the economic operators and all professional stakeholders about the operation of the CCA in 2019, ensuring the transparency (...)

The Montenegrin Government adopts antitrust legislation in line with EU law to be a candidate to the Union
Agency for Protection of Competition (Republic of Montenegro)
Press release: Montenegro has opened the last negotiating chapter 8* On Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Montenegro is opened the last remaining negotiation chapter- 8 Competition in the accession negotiations with the European Union. Now the work on closing the chapter remains. Only three are (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority updates its organisation and functioning, including new attributions for the personnel, and new duties for the departments and divisions
Maravela, Popescu & Asociatii (Bucharest)
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Synevo (Bucharest)
On December 4, 2019, the Order of the President of the Romanian Competition Council no. 985/2019 (“Order no. 985/2019”) on the implementation of the regulation regarding the organization and functioning of the Romanian Competition Council (“RCC”) was published in the Official Gazette no. 976. Order (...)

The Estonian Competition Authority forms an opinion about the competition of 5G frequency licences and believes the frequency band should be divided into small blocks
Estonian Competition Authority (Tallinn)
The Competition Authority formed an opinion about the competition of frequency licenses in the frequency band of 3,410-3,800 MHz, as a result of which, the undertakings acquiring the licenses will start building a so-called 5G network for communications services. The Competition Authority (...)

The Latvian Parliament adopts amendements to the Competition Law granting the Competition Council powers to address competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
The Competition Council of Latvia will be able to prevent competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies* On 28 March, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Competition Law, which grant the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) the powers to address (...)

Anticompetitive practices

The Croatian Competition Authority fines four companies for bid rigging in public procurement for food delivery ( Agro-Vir / Agrodalm / Diljexport / Marino Lučko)
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
a) Key points and main facts of the case The CCA in its decision from 28 April 2022 found that the undertakings Agro-Vir d.o.o., Agrodalm d.o.o. and Diljexport d.o.o. Zagreb, in the period from 4 June 2012 to to 1 January 2014 and undertaking Marino-Lučko d.o.o. in the period from 1 January (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority permits entrepreneurs to make joint purchases of raw materials due to disruptions from sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus subject to the Authority’s clearance
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
The CC: Entrepreneurs may agree to jointly purchase raw materials in the event of a shortage of raw materials As a result of the Russian Federation’s military aggression supported by the Republic of Belarus and the associated sanctions imposed on these countries, businesses in several sectors (...)

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 Free
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
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 (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority announces it will focus on allowing and monitoring collaborations among competitors in the markets for public health products and pharmaceuticals as well as food and commerce important for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bulgarian Commission for the Protection of Competition (Sofia)
Message by the CPC on the application of antitrust rules in the state of emergency situation concerning COVID-19* The Commission for protection of competition supports the joint position of the European Commission and the national competition authorities within the European Competition Network (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority invites competing businesses planning to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic to contact the Authority and the EU Commission for guidance about their cooperation intentions Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
European Commission and EU competition authorities encourage companies to seek guidance on cooperation initiatives* Businesses are currently facing particular challenges due to the coronavirus crisis, which may encourage companies to cooperate with each other in order to overcome the negative (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority publishes amendments to competition law which prohibit public administrative bodies to hinder, restrict or deform the competition
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
New framework of the competition law in Latvia against competition distortions created by public administrative bodies comes into force* On 1 January 2020, amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia entered into force prohibiting public administrative bodies – the state, local (...)

Mergers

The Serbian Competition Authority publishes its new guidelines on notification deadlines for merger during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
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Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Merger Control Matters in Western Balkans* The COVID-19 pandemic has been heavily affecting economies and countries across the globe. In such circumstances, ensuring the undisturbed work of the competition authorities is difficult, but important in order to (...)

The French, German and Polish Ministries for Economic Affairs publish joint paper on modernisation of EU competition policy focusing on merger control
Court of First Instance of Namur (Namur)
In their call for changes to EU merger control and State aid rules, the French and German Ministries for Economic Affairs have been joined by their Polish counterpart. On 4 July 2019, they published a joint paper (available here) containing a number of suggestions for a reform of competition (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support for sustainable recovery
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Hungarian investment support scheme towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves a 2022-2027 regional aid map for Romania
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Romania* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Romania’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The Serbian Government publishes rules on regional State aid for further alignment of the legislation with the EU’s acquis
BDK (Podgorica)
The Government of Serbia adopted on 11 March 2021 two new bylaws under the State Aid Control Act (Zakon o kontroli državne pomoći, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia no. 73/2019): the Regulation on Conditions and Criteria for Compliance of Regional State Aid (Uredba o uslovima i (...)

The EU Commission approves a €700 million Polish State aid scheme to support companies including the agricultural and fishery sectors that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million Polish aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €700 million scheme to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The support measures available under the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Slovenian State aid scheme including a dozen of measures to support companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Slovenian “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Slovenian State aid scheme to support the Slovenian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1 billion Hungary State aid scheme to support companies through direct grants, loans, and equity measures during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Hungarian aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a HUF 350 billion (approximately €1 billion) scheme to support the Hungarian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €4 million Croatian State aid scheme to support fishery and aquaculture companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4 million Croatian direct grant scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an HRK 30 million (approximately €4 million) Croatian scheme to support the fishery and aquaculture sector in Croatia in (...)

The EU Commission approves a €88 million Hungarian State aid scheme to support companies’ researchers and developers during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €88 million Hungarian aid scheme supporting researchers and developers in all sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a HUF 31.5 billion (approximately €88 million) Hungarian wage subsidies support scheme for researchers and (...)

The EU Commission approves a €110 million Lithuanian State aid scheme to support the national economy during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €110 million Lithuanian guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €110 million Lithuanian aid scheme to support the Lithuanian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €255 million Bulgarian State aid scheme to support small enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €255 million Bulgarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Bulgarian BGN 500 million (approx. €255 million) public guarantee scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of (...)

The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities drafts a measure which aims to retain jobs by protecting employees and, at the same time, assisting the affected companies during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Ljubljana)
This Monday, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave the green light to EU member governments to discuss and adopt state aid rules aimed to assist companies impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. State aid should only be used when it is the appropriate tool to benefit the (...)

Procedures

The Lithuanian Competition Authority improves the procedure for fine-setting by improving incentives to cooperate with the authorities and increasing clarity on the application of competition law provisions
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
PROCEDURE FOR SETTING FINES FOR COMPETITION LAW INFRINGEMENTS HAS BEEN IMPROVED* Today the Lithuanian Government adopted a resolution approving the description of the procedure for setting fines for infringements of the Law on Competition. A more detailed regulation of the methodology for (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority changes the procedure for the calculation of fines for infringements of competition law
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
Changes to the procedure for determining fines applicable by the CC* On August 26, 29.03.2016. amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers regulation No. 179 " Procedures for Determining a Fine for the Infringements Provided for in Section 11, Paragraph One, Sections 13 and 14.1 of the Competition (...)

The Latvian Competition Authority publishes guidance for calculation and recovery of damages arising from violations of competition law
Latvian Competition Council (Riga)
The Competition Council has developed a methodological material for the calculation of damages and recovery of damages for violation of competition law* The Competition Council (the CC) has prepared methodological material for the calculation of losses and recovery of losses for violation of (...)

The Polish Competition Authority publishes its guidelines on the rules for imposing and calculating fines for companies breaching competition law
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
Earlier this year the Polish Competition Authority (“UOKiK”) published its guidelines on the rules of imposing and calculating fines for companies breaching competition law (the “New Guidelines”) replacing guidelines issued in 2015. According to the New Guidelines, to determine the amount of the (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority updates rules on fines and adopts rules on cooperation with EU counterparts
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Lithuanian Competition Authority updates rules on immunity from fines or their reduction and adopts rules on cooperation with EU counterparts* In relation to the amendments to the Law on Competition adopted by the Seimas, today the Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority publishes explanatory note clarifying its dawn raids procedure
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Konkurencijos Taryba Publishes Explanatory Note on Inspections Performed at Business Premises* The Lithuanian competition authority Konkurencijos taryba has prepared an explanatory note for companies and their lawyers to give more clarity on the procedures of the inspections carried out at (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority operates under the state of emergency and follows a new regime during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Druzhestvo Stoyanov & Tsekova in cooperation with Schoenherr (Sofia)
CPC activity during COVID-19 crisis* On 13 March 2020 the government declared a national state of emergency as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The state of emergency is currently in force until 13 May. This article outlines the impact of this declaration on Commission for Protection (...)

The Czech Competition Authority clarifies competition law enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Czech Competition Authority (Brno)
COMPETITION LAW ENFORCEMENT DURING THE CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19 DISEASE* Countries around the globe are currently facing an unprecedented crisis caused by pandemic of the Covid-19 disease, which causes both health and economic difficulties. The Office is aware of the fact that in these (...)

The Czech Competition Authority adopts several measures related to the social and economic consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Prague)
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Bird & Bird (Prague)
Like many other public authorities, the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (the Office) has adopted several measures related to the social and economic consequences caused by COVID-19. In order to minimize personal contact, the Office has limited public access to the Office’s (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority switches all operations to telework, suspends all hearings, and asks new merging parties to consider postponing their mergers as measures due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
Information on the operation of the Hungarian Competition Authority due to the situation of the pandemic* Dear Clients and Colleagues, We would like to inform you that due to the state of emergency (State of Emergency) declared by the Government Decree 40/2020 (III.11.) on 11 March 2020, as (...)

The Polish Supreme Court confirms a telecommunications company liability for delaying a dawn raid but reduces the fine (T.S.A)
Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
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Bird & Bird (Warsaw)
On 10 September 2019, the Polish Supreme Court issued a landmark judgement in which it clarified the applicable rules during a company inspection by the Polish Competition and Consumer Protection Office (UOKiK). As the UOKiK regularly conducts (unannounced) company inspections (or ’dawn raids’), (...)

The Czech Competition Authority launches a public consultation and calls for all interested parties, in particular competitors, lawyers and academics, to provide their views and opinions on the transposition of the ECN+ directive
Bird & Bird (Prague)
At the beginning of this year, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers issued Directive (EU) 2019/1 to "empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market" (the "ECN+ Directive"). The (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority publishes a communication on dawn raids
Bird & Bird (Budapest)
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Bird & Bird (Budapest)
Dawn Raid Communication In early 2019, the GVH issued a communications on dawn raids, detailing the process, the regulatory background and the rights and obligations of the GVH and the undertakings subject to such dawn raid. The Dawn Raid Communication summarized the GVH’s practice in dawn (...)

The Serbian Competition Authority issues dawn raids guidelines
Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
On 25 May 2018, the Serbian Commission for the Protection of Competition (the “Commission“) has published a dawn raid guidance (“Guidance“) on its investigative powers, rights and duties of the parties during dawn raids and sanctions for obstructing dawn raids. Powers of investigation The (...)

The Montenegrin Administrative Court analyses procedural barriers to efficient application of the Competition Act
BDK (Podgorica)
The record of public enforcement of competition law in Montenegro is modest, despite the efforts which the national Agency for Protection of Competition has put in various investigations. Part of the problem lies in the dysfunctional enforcement dualism. The Agency is competent to establish (...)

The Slovak Competition Authority calls for measures to increase banks clients’ mobility
European Commission (Brussels)
AMO Calls for Measures to Increase Banks Clients´ Mobility* On 19 February 2015, the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (AMO) addressed the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and the National Bank of Slovakia to consider the adoption of the following measures aimed at increasing (...)

The Czech Competition Authority publishes its first guidelines on fines in antitrust cases
Wolf Theiss (Prague)
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Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague)
Presumably on 9 May 2007 (see below), the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition published its first guidelines on the method of setting fines on its website. Whereas it has been known for some time that some kind of guidelines were used by the Office to calculate fines, the latter has (...)

Regulatory

The Hungarian Competition Authority recommends competition-friendly regulations for the capital city taxi services
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
Instead of Drastic Price Hikes, the GVH Recommends Competition-friendly Regulations for the Capital City, which is Preparing to Make Taxi Services More Expensive* 13 April 2022, Budapest – The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) is proposing to the Capital City to stimulate competition (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority requests loosening of legislation on the setting up of veterinary medical clinics and accounting firms
Romanian Competition Council (Bucharest)
THE COMPETITION COUNCIL REQUIRES THE AMMENDMENTS OF THE LEGISLATION ON SETTING UP OF VETERINARY MEDICAL CLINICS AND ACCOUNTING FIRMS* The conditions for set-up and functioning of both veterinary clinics and accounting firms are more restrictive than those for human health medical centers and (...)

The Croatian Parliament adopts a revised unfair trading practices act which is fully harmonized with the EU Directive 2019/633
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
CROATIA ADOPTS REVISED UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES ACT 2021 FULLY HARMONIZED WITH EU DIRECTIVE 2019/633* For the purpose of bringing its legal framework in the area of unfair trading practices in business-to-business relations in the agricultural and food supply chain into compliance with the (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority announces public consultation on the amendments of the FDI screening regime
University of Macau - Faculty of Law (Macau)
National competition authorities and FDI screening: the case of Romania* EU FDI Screening Regulation: separating security from competition The Regulation 2019/452 establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (EU FDI Screening Regulation) was adopted (...)

The Polish Government amends the national foreign investments control scheme and obliges investors from outside the EEA or from non-OECD countries to notify their transaction
Hansberry Tomkiel (Warsaw)
LEAD: Pursuant to the recently amended Polish rules on the control of investments, the Polish Competition Authority (UOKiK) is empowered to review intended investments in Polish companies by investors who are: i) from outside of the European Economic Area, or ii) from non-OECD countries. Such (...)

The Polish Government amends its foreign investment screening regime to implement the EU FDI screening regulation
University of Macau - Faculty of Law (Macau)
National competition authorities and FDI screening: the case of Poland* Regulation 2019/452 establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (EU FDI Screening Regulation) was adopted on 19 March 2019 and will enter into force on 11 October 2020. Its (...)

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

The Lithuanian Competition Authority suggests to the Government stricter liability for major retailers’ unfair practices with suppliers
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
Konkurencijos Taryba Suggests Stricter Liability For Major Retailers‘ Unfair Practices To Suppliers* After conducting the monitoring of the implementation of the Law on the Prohibition of Unfair Practices of Retailers (Law), in its report provided to the Government the Lithuanian competition (...)

The Bulgarian Competition Authority considers certain draft amendments to the Bulgarian Food Law to be anticompetitive
European Commission (Brussels)
Draft amendments in the Food law restrict competition* On 28 February 2017 the Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) adopted an advocacy opinion on draft amendments in the Food law. The CPC reckons that the introduction of provisions that regulate the usage of the word “Bulgarian” with (...)

The Estonian Competition Authority issues proposal on the establishment of pharmacies and the prohibition of connection with wholesale sellers to medicinal products
Estonian Competition Authority (Tallinn)
New restrictions on establishment of pharmacies significantly harm free competition* The Estonian Competition Authority made a proposal for revision of the pharmacist-owner requirement and the prohibition of connection with wholesale sellers to medicinal products, and for annulment of the (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority carries out a legal analysis of the legislative framework regulating the road safety and the criteria prescribed for setting an adequate number of driving schools in Croatia
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
The limitation of the number of driving schools in unwelcome in the sense of competition rules* The Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) carried out a legal analysis of the legislative framework regulating the road safety and the criteria prescribed for setting an adequate number of driving (...)

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