Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)

Finnish Competition Authority

Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) began operations on 1 January 2013. The agency was created by joining the Finnish Competition Authority and the Finnish Consumer Agency. The responsibilities of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority relate to implementing competition and consumer policy, ensuring good market performance, implementing competition legislation and EU competition rules, and securing the financial and legal position of the consumer. The agency also handles the supervision responsibilities of the Consumer Ombudsman.

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Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority publishes its pharmacy market study and proposes measures to reduce the costs of medicines for consumers and society

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The FCCA pharmacy market study proposes measures to reduce the costs of medicines for consumers and society* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has published an extensive study on the pharmacy market. The study produced a list of proposals that can reduce the pharmaceutical (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority finds that the arrangement of social welfare and health care services in Savitaipale municipality violated the laws on public procurement (Eksote / Kiinteistö Oy Savitapaleeen Vuokratalot)

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FCCA finds that the arrangement of social welfare and health care services in Savitaipale violated the Act on Public Procurement* According to a decision issued by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) on 7 October 2020, the Joint Municipal Authority of Social Welfare and (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority removes upon application the conditions imposed on a 19-years old merger in the market for mailing and direct marketing (Posti / Atkos Printmail)

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FCCA removes the conditions set for the Posti/Atkos Printmail merger on application by Posti* On 25 September 2020, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approved the Posti Group’s (Posti) application to remove the conditions set for the Posti/Atkos Printmail merger. In 2001, (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority proposes to prohibit merger between two of the three national healthcare companies (Mehiläinen / Pihlajalinna)

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The FCCA proposes the Market Court to prohibit the merger between Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna* On 29 September 2020, Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has proposed the Market Court to prohibit the merger between Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna. According to the FCCA’s investigation, (...)

Swedish Competition Authority, Danish Competition Authority, Icelandic Competition Authority, Norwegian Competition Authority, 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 (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority proposes a fine on the federation of municipalities in social and health services in the region of Kymenlaakso for unlawful direct procurement of ophthalmology services (Kymsote)

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FCCA proposes a penalty payment to Kymsote for the unlawful direct procurement of ophthalmology services* On 24 September 2020, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) submitted a proposal to the Market Court to impose a penalty payment of 40,000 euros on the federation of (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court grants second extension for processing of financial services companies merger so the Competition Authority can finalize negotiations on conditions (Loomis / Automatia)

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The time limit for processing the merger of Loomis and Automatia has been extended until 14.10.2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger between Loomis AB and Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy, currently under investigation by the Finnish Competition and Consumer (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court imposes €50,000 penalty on hospital district for direct procurement that breaches the Act on Public Procurement and Concession Contracts (Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District)

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The Market Court imposes EUR 50,000 penalty payments in total on HUS for direct procurement that breaches the Act on Public Procurement and Concession Contracts* As per two separate proposals made by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA), the Market Court has imposed a total (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court extends due to COVID-19 the time limit for in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 health care companies (Mehiläinen / Pihlajalinna)

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The time limit for processing the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna has been extended until 29 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna, which is being investigated by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Agency (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court extends due to COVID-19 the time limit for in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 financial services companies (Loomis / Automatia)

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The time limit for processing the merger of Loomis and Automatia has been extended until 23 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger between Loomis AB and Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy, currently under investigation by the Finnish Competition and (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority’s investigation of the national agency for historical preservation results in commitment to pro-competitive measures (Finnish Heritage Agency)

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The Finnish Heritage Agency is committed to undertake measures to improve neutral competition conditions* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has investigated into the business activities carried out by the Finnish Heritage Agency on the archaeological research market. As the (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority clears merger of steel structure suppliers, subject to divesting a production plant in the market that would have restrictive effects on competition (Donges Teräs Oy / Ruukki Building Systems Oy)

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FCCA approved Donges Teräs Oy’s acquisition of Ruukki Building Systems Ltd, subject to conditions* On 17 April 2020, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) conditionally approved the merger in which Donges Teräs Oy will acquire Ruukki Building Systems Oy. The competition problems (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority clarifies that competition legislation does not prevent necessary measures for safeguarding the supply of personal protective equipment and medicines in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

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Competition legislation does not prevent necessary measures for safeguarding the supply of personal protective equipment and medicines* The COVID-19 outbreak also affects the application of competition legislation. Companies are permitted to make extraordinary co-operative arrangements for the (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority announces it will not apply the Competition Act to cooperations between undertakings needed to ensure an adequate supply of goods to consumers during COVID-19 pandemic

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Exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus to affect the application of the Finnish Competition Act* The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) will take into account the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus when applying the Competition Act. During (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision to block a merger between grocery wholesalers, making it the first merger ever prohibited in the country (Kesko / Heinon Tukku)

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Kesko’s acquisition of Heinon Tukku blocked by the Finnish Market Court* The merger between Finnish grocery wholesalers, Kesko and Heinon Tukku, was prohibited by the Market Court on 17 February 2020. In accordance with the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority’s (FCCA) proposal, the Market (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the market for outsourced internal logistics services (Suomen Transval Group / Posti Group)

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The FCCA approves Posti’s acquisition of Transval, subject to conditions* Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) has approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Suomen Transval Group Oy by Posti Group Oyj. A condition for the approval of the acquisition was that Posti (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies on the retail and purchasing markets of the grocery sector (SOK / Stockmann Delicatessen)

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FCCA approves the acquisition between SOK and Stockmann Delicatessen subject to conditions* Today, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approved the acquisition of Stockmann Group’s Delicatessen business by Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta, SOK (The Central Finnish Cooperative (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority welcomes the judgement of the EU Court of Justice clarifying the position of standard-essential patent holders from the perspective of competition law (Huawei / ZTE)

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The Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the position of standard-essential patent holders from the perspective of competition law* On Thursday 16 July, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave a judgment on the relationship between patent law and competition law. The (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority approves acquisition of provider of vehicle financing and administration services by a domestic leasing company (Axus Finland / Easy KM)

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FCCA approves acquisition of Easy KM by ALD Automotive* On 8 July 2014, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) approved a transaction in which Axus Finland Oy, a subsidiary of the French company ALD Automotive, acquired the entire issued share capital of Easy KM Oy from Governia (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority issues report on collective management organisations and the promotion of healthy competition in the market of the copyrighted works (Teosto / Gramex / Kopiosto / Tuotos)

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Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority : Numerous problems on the copyright market* The ambiguity of the legislation and the complexity of the market serve to fortify the monopoly of the collective management organisations on the market, says the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Market Court rejects the appeal and imposes the fines proposed by the FCCA for abuse of dominant position in the production and wholesale market of fresh milk (Valio)

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FCCA satisfied with Market Court ruling on Valio By a decision issued on 26 June, the Market Court rejected Valio’s appeal and imposed on the company a €70m fine proposed by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) for abuse of dominant position in the production and wholesale (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition Authority and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy examine a report on the desirability of introducing criminal sanctions for cartel activities

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Report on the Criminalisation of Cartels was Presented to Stakeholders* Yesterday, the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) and the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) organised at the House of the Estates an expert seminar presenting the report on extending personal (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority investigates the phenomena related to the use of buying power with questionnaires directed retailers and the food industry

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An abridged English version of the Finnish Competition Authority’s study on the Trade in Groceries is now available* According to the FCA study on buying power in the trade in groceries, retailers use their firm position with respect to suppliers in several ways that may be considered (...)

Finnish Competition Authority The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority concludes that contract practices and regulation put at disadvantage primary producers within the food supply chain

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Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority study : contract practices and regulation put primary producers in a difficult position in the food supply chain The position of primary producers in the food supply chain is made more difficult both by tight regulation and groceries trade and food (...)

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