Konkurences padome (Riga)

Latvian Competition Authority

Konkurences padome (Riga)

The main aim of the Competition Council is to enable the market participants to perform their economic activities in an environment characterised by free and fair competition as well as to promote competition development in all economic sectors for the benefit of the society as a whole. It acts as a guardian in relation to the prohibitions of abuse of dominant position and anticompetitive agreements and it conducts the review of mergers and other economic concentrations.

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Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Supreme Court upholds the Competition Authority’s conclusion that a city council’s auction to lease its crematorium is groundlessly restrictive (Riga City Council / Rīgas kremācijas centrs – krematorija)

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A judgment of the Supreme Court confirms the conclusion of the Competition Council on competition restriction on the cremation market of Riga* Already in 2015 the Competition Council of The Republic of Latvia (the CC), after conducted sector inquiry, raised alarm concerning the disorganised (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority finds that a state owned company’s procurement of road vehicle number plates production and supply is by default favoring one competitor in the bidding process (Road Traffic Safety Directorate)

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The CC : the car number plates procurement organised by CSDD is favourable for one company* During the market study, while investigating the procurement of road vehicle number plates production and supply, organised by state owned company “Road Traffic Safety Directorate” (CSDD), the Competition (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority develops a self-assessment tool, aimed at facilitating assessment of participation of public administrative bodies in a capital company

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The CC develops a self-assessment tool, aimed at facilitating assessment of participation of public administrative bodies in a capital company* In 2020, majority of public administrative bodies pursuant to Section 88 of the State Administration Structure Law (the SASL) are obliged to carry out (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Administrative Regional Court in Riga confirms involvement of the local government company in the so-called nano water acquisition bid-rigging case (Rīgas satiksme)

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The court confirms involvement of the local government company SIA “Rīgas satiksme” in the so-called nano water acquisition bid-rigging* On 20 April, the Administrative Regional Court left effective the decision adopted by the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC), according to which last year (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian and Lithuanian Competition Authorities terminate common investigation into alleged prohibited agreement among 7 companies active in construction & household products (Tikkurila companies / Kesko Senukai Lithuania / Kesko Senukai Digital / Ermitažas / DAW Lietuva / Topcolor)

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Latvian and Lithuanian competition authorities join forces for investigation of cross-border infringements* Taking into consideration the complexity of cross-border infringements of the competition law, competition authorities join their forces for efficient investigation. For example, (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority detects competition deformation implemented in procurements by a local government and its capital company (DAKO / RUVAR)

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The Competition Council detects competition deformation implemented in procurements by a local government and its capital company* The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has closed the investigation case regarding activities by two companies – SIA “DAKO” and SIA “RUVAR” – in procurements on (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Administrative Regional Court upholds the Competition Authority’s decision on a prohibited agreement between manufacturers and traders of building materials (Kesko Senukai Latvia / Kurši)

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Court leaves effective a decision of the Competition Council on a prohibited agreement of “Kesko Senukai Latvia” and “Kurši”* The Administrative Regional Court in its judgments of 17 February has rejected applications of AS “Kesko Senukai Latvia” and SIA “Tirdzniecības nams “Kurši”” on cancellation (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority publishes amendments to competition law which prohibit public administrative bodies to hinder, restrict or deform the competition

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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 (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes a fine on a trader of building materials who failed to provide full information required during an investigation (DEPO DIY)

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The CC imposes fine on one of the largest traders of building materials for non-fulfilment of the company obligation* On 21 November, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision, detecting that one of the largest Latvia’s traders of building materials SIA “DEPO DIY” has not (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority imposes interim measures suspending concession agreements concluded between a municipality and two waste management companies (Riga Municipality / Getliņi EKO / Tīrīga)

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The Competition Council adopts a decision imposing interim measures regarding waste management in Riga* On September 9th the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision imposing interim measures on Riga Municipality and the limited liability company owned by it – SIA Getliņi (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines companies involved in bid-rigging on the market of supply of nanotechnology chemicals (Rīgas satiksme / Sava arhitektūra)

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The CC fines the companies involved in bid-rigging in price quotations on supply of nanotechnology chemicals* On 12 April, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) detected a prohibited agreement implemented by six applicants and supported by the municipal passenger carrier SIA “Rīgas (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Parliament adopts amendements to the Competition Law granting the Competition Council powers to address competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies

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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 (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines a fuel retailer that submitted notification ten months after implementing a merger transaction for gun-jumping (Petrol Property / Vaizga)

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Latvian competition authority fines Lithuanian company UAB Vaizga for unnotified merger* On April, 2018, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) cleared the proposed acquisition of Latvian company SIA Petrol Property by UAB Vaizga. As the Lithuanian UAB Vaizga failed to submit merger (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Supreme Court decides that parent companies may be responsible for competition infringements of subsidiary companies (Moller Auto Baltic / Harald A.Moller / Heinz Wilke Autohandel)

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Court : parent companies may be responsible for competition infringements of subsidiary companies* On 17 May, the Supreme Court adopted the decision, pursuant to which it is stipulated in the competition law of Latvia that parent companies may bear joint responsibility for infringements of (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority prohibits a food retail company rom replacing a competitor on shopping center’s premises using merger prohibition (RIMI)

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The CC prohibits RIMI from opening a shop at the premises of “DOMINA SHOPPING”* On 12 January, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to prohibit SIA “RIMI LATVIA” (RIMI) from using retail premises at the shopping centre “DOMINA Shopping” in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The CC (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council fines three undertakings for bid-rigging in municipal waste collection and transportation sector (Ekoaplinka)

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Anti-competitive agreement in municipal waste collection and transportation sector* On December 8, 2016 the Competition Council found that in 2015 UAB Ekoaplinka, UAB Ecoservice and UAB Marijampolės švara (hereinafter – Companies) concluded a collusive bidding agreement while participating in the (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority announces the adoption by the Latvian Parliament of the significantly modernising amendments to the Competition Law

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Saeima passes Amendments to the Competition Law* On 12 May, Latvian Parliament – Saeima – adopted in final reading amendments to the Competition Law that significantly modernizes competition protection in Latvia. Amendments to the Competition Law provides the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority identifies, in the context of a sector inquiry, gaps of regulation and governance that distort competition into the market of medical services

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The CC spots Unseized Opportunities to Reduce Prices of Medical Services* In the context of a sector inquiry into the market of medical services, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia identified gaps of sector regulation and governance that distort competition and hinder price reduction and (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines two undertakings for bid rigging in medical procurements (Optika un Diagnostika / Arbor Medical Korporācija)

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The CC fines Undertakings for Bid Rigging in Medical Procurements* On 10 December, The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia fined two undertakings – SIA Optika un Diagnostika and SIA Arbor Medical Korporācija – for coordinating tenders in a total of six different procurements of medical equipment (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines €11 573 two hardware suppliers for a cartel agreement in a public procurement (Expert Digital / Hannu Digital)

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The CC fines Two Hardware Suppliers for Bid Rigging* On 16 December, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine two hardwire suppliers SIA Expert Digital and SIA SIA Hannu Digital for a cartel agreement in a public procurement. The fine was set in a total amount of 11 573 (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Administrative Regional Court upholds the decision of the Competition Authority that fined and imposed remedies on the national gas supplier in a case of abuse of dominance (Latvijas Gāze)

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Court agrees with the Competition Authority to fine the National Gas Supplier* On 2 September, the Administrative Regional Court confirmed the Competition Council’s (CC) decision to impose the only natural gas supplier in Latvia – AS "Latvijas Gāze" – remedies to change the practice of debt (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority concludes that competition is distorted on the market of funeral services and recommends the establishment of a regulatory framework

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Funeral Service Industry Needs to be Reformed* The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia together with the Consumer Rights Protection Centre (CRCP) and the State Revenue Service (SRS) conclude that the market of funeral services lacks a regulatory framework, therefore the competition is distorted (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority agrees to conclude an administrative contract with an undertaking that abused of its dominance in the market of commercial services of tug boats, to put to an end to the distortion of competition in the sector (FRA)

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The Competition Council agrees to conclude an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga Authority to immediately eliminate Distortion of the Competition in the Riga’s Port* On 12 June, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia signed an administrative contract with the Freeport of Riga (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on two construction companies for bid rigging and immunizes an undertaking who revealed the existence of the cartel (SIA „RCI Gulbene)

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Leniency notice to disclose a cartel scheme within public procurements* On 24 October, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia has found that two construction companies operated in a bid rigging. The investigation was carried out based on a Leniency notice submitted by one of the cartel (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on an association for having implemented a price fixing agreement in the services of shipping agents market (NALSA)

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Fine imposed to the National Association of Latvian Shipbrokers and Shipping Agents* On 8 September, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia fined the National Association of Latvian Shipbrokers and Shipping Agents (NALSA) for setting a minimal or fixed price for services of shipping agents. (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on an automobile constructor for having preventing its customers to perform maintenance and car repairs not covered by warranty to independent services without losing warranty of the car (AS „KIA Auto”)

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The Competition Council fines AS „KIA Auto”* On 7 August, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine AS „KIA Auto” for restricting car owners to perform repairs and maintenance not covered by warranty at independent services and to install spare parts of other manufacturers (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council imposes fines on two undertakings for bid rigging in local public tender proceedings (Sliežu transportbūve / Komforta standarts)

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The Competition Council fines Two Construction Project Developers* On 31 July, the Competition Council (CC) of Latvia took a decision to fine two construction project developers – SIA „Sliežu transportbūve” and SIA „Komforta standarts” – for bid rigging. Both undertakings exchanged business data while (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority commissions a survey on the rating, availability, and substitutability of five specialised-content international television channel to gather information in the framework of investigating alleged abuse of dominant position (Eurosport / Eurosport2 / Discovery / Animal Planet / TLC)

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Low Price as main Criterion in choosing Television Operator* At the end March 2014, the conclusions of a survey on the rating, availability and substitutability of five specialised-content international television channels in Latvia have been published. This survey which was conducted by (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council fines sole operator of the public transportation database for delaying market entry for competing ticket cash registers (Transporta telemātikas sistēmas)

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The Competition Council fines operator of the national database of public transportation for abusing its dominant position* In the late 2013, the Competition Council (CC) of the Republic of Latvia took a decision to fine SIA "Transporta telemātikas sistēmas”, the operator of the national database (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority imposes fines on a dominant undertaking for enforcing unfair trading conditions on a dependant wholesaler in the consumer goods and retail sector (Drogas)

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The Competition Council Fines Retail Chain for Abuse of its Market Power* On 14 December 2012, the Competition Council adopted a decision to fine AS Drogas which is the largest retail chain in the sector of health, beauty and household goods retail in Latvia. It was established that AS Drogas (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines an airport authority for discriminatory conditions imposed against a provider of tugboat services (PKL flote)

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The CC Repeatedly Fines Riga Freeport Authority for Abuse of Dominant Position* On 29 April 2011 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to fine Riga Freeport Authority for abuse of its dominant position, as the Authority restricted actions of a competitor – provider of tugboat services (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority decides the participation of commercial banks in multilateral interchange fees for cash withdrawals and card payments is illegal (Aizkraukles banka)

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Prohibited Agreement in Banking Sector* On 3 March 2011 the Competition Council (CC) decided that 22 Latvian commercial banks have infringed Article 11 Part 1.1 of the Competition Law by participating in the Multilateral agreement on the interchange fee for cash withdrawals at ATM, cash (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines one of the largest national retail chains for the overly long payment period for delivered products (Maxima Latvija)

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Retail Chain Fined for Overly Long Payment Period for the Delivered Products* On 13 January 2011 the Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision to fine one of the largest retail chains in Latvia MAXIMA Latvija Ltd. for abuse of dominant position in retail trade. It was established that this (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council adopts a decision permitting a merger between the leading national meat processing companies (Rīgas Miesnieks / Jelgavas gaļas kombināts)

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Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Meat Processing Companies* On 8 June 2010, the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between the leading meat processing companies in Latvia – JSC Rīgas Miesnieks and JSC Jelgavas gaļas kombināts. To ensure free choice for (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Council adopts a decision permitting a merger between the leading national meat processing companies (Rīgas Miesnieks / Jelgavas gaļas kombināts)

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Binding Conditions Set on Merger of Meat Processing Companies* On 8 June 2010, the Latvian Competition Council (CC) adopted a decision permitting a merger between the leading meat processing companies in Latvia – JSC Rīgas Miesnieks and JSC Jelgavas gaļas kombināts. To ensure free choice for (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority discontinues investigation on the alleged predatory pricing engaged by a grey cement producer on an aftermarket (Cemex)

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The Competition Council Discontinues Investigation on the Alleged Infringement By Cemex Ltd. in the Transport-Concrete Market* On 26 February 2010 the Competition Council adopted decision to discontinue the investigation on the alleged abuse of a dominant position by a producer of grey cement, (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines two phone kiosk chains for a prohibited agreement on the market for prepaid cards (Plus Punkts / Narvesen Baltija)

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The Competition Council Fines Two Kiosk Chains for Prohibited Agreement* On 16 December 2009 the Competition Council of Latvia adopted a decision establishing a prohibited agreement between two kiosk chains – Plus Punkts Ltd. and Narvesen Baltija Ltd./Preses apvienība Ltd. – and imposed fines in (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Administrative Regional Court upholds the decision of the Competition Authority and confirms the abuse of dominant position committed by a collecting society (AKKA / LAA)

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Court Upholds the Decision on Abuse of Dominant Position by Collective Copyright Management Association* With the decision of 11 December 2009 the Administrative Regional Court rejected a claim of the Collective Copyright Management Association AKKA/LAA against the 1 December 2008 decision of (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Parliament amends the Competition Act changing the merger notification procedure and redefining the concept of dominant position in the retail sector

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Amendments to the Competition Law* On 1 September 2009 entered into force Amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia. Most substantial issue of the Amendments refer to the merger control. As from September 1 merger notifications have to be submitted not only by those market (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority fines two broadcast companies for abuse of dominance in the market of distribution of television channels and imposes remedies (VIASAT / TV3 Latvia)

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Fines and Legal Obligations Imposed on Distributors of TV Channel TV3* On 18 June 2009 Competition Council (CC) fined VIASAT AS (Estonia) and TV3 Latvia Ltd. for the abuse of dominant position in the market of distribution of television channel TV3 on the territory of Latvia. Both companies (...)

Latvian Competition Council The Latvian Competition Authority approves the settlement on payment terms and non-discriminatory rebates towards retailers proposed by a national press distributor (Preses Serviss)

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The Competition Council Comes to Agreement with SIA "Preses Serviss"* On 4 February 2009, after receiving of written pledge from the company SIA „Preses Serviss" ("Press Service" - PS) to fulfil its legal obligations preventing from negative impact on competition, caused by its illegal (...)

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