News
13.10.2017.
The CC imposes a fine to construction materials producers and retailers for a long-term price fixing
On 31 August, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision regarding prohibited agreements between construction materials retailers and imposed a fine in the amount of 5.8 million euro to SIA DEPO DIY, AS Kesko Senukai Latvia, and SIA Tirdzniecības nams Kurši. Before this decision administrative agreements were concluded with SIA Knauf and SIA Norgips as well as SIA Krūza, which provided for termination of the legal dispute and payment of a fine in the total amount of 1.6 million euro. Lasīt vairāk
11.10.2017.
Injured parties finally have a facilitated possibility to claim for compensation for damages
On 5 October, during the final reading the Saeima adopted the amendments to the Competition Law regarding compensation of damages. Amendments provide that further on consumers, companies and other involved parties will have a simplified and more efficient possibility to claim damages from infringers of competition law. Lasīt vairāk
03.10.2017.
The CC achieves change of provisions for placement of advertisements at public transportation stops
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has imposed to the companies SIA Rīgas satiksme (RS), SIA Pilsētas līnijas (PL) and SIA JCDecaux Latvija (JCD) the legal obligation to change certain provisions of mutual agreements regarding placement of advertisements on public transportation stops of RS. The CC established that current provisions restricted access for competitors of JSC to get involved on the advertisement market of stops for a long period of time. Lasīt vairāk
25.09.2017.
At the same time with the increase of the market share of key pharmacy chains consumer choice decreases
The Competition Council of Latvia (CC) after sector inquiry into the regional retail market of medicinal products observes that during previous five years the key pharmacy chains have increased the number of pharmacies owned by them at the expense of individual or smaller pharmacy chains. Therefore, without change in the total number of pharmacies in Latvia, the market concentration has increased and the consumer choice has become more limited. Lasīt vairāk
15.09.2017.
The fifth Lawyers Forum takes place at the Competition Council
On 15 September, the Competition Council of Latvia organised the fifth Lawyers Forum, where experts of the authority met with lawyers and advocates in order to discuss the current events of the competition law. Upon increase of the importance of the economic analysis in competition cases, the annual discussion of professionals this time was broadened also with the topic of economics. Lasīt vairāk
29.08.2017.
CC: high butter prices is the result of interaction between many factors
Considering the price increase of dairy products, in particular butter, during the last year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) continues to follow the events on the dairy market. The CC has concluded that the amount of the butter price is determined by several reasons – the global trends, product cost increase during the processing due to limited availability of raw materials as well as mark-up of retailers. Lasīt vairāk
03.07.2017.
Competition Council joins the state principle “Consult at first”
The Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia Skaidrīte Ābrama has signed the cooperation memorandum regarding implementation of the principle “Consult at first” in the work of the Competition Council. The purpose of the principle is to improve cooperation between the authorities and entrepreneurs, in order to facilitate the fulfilment of requirements effective in the country and clear conditions for operation rather than punishing at first. Lasīt vairāk
26.06.2017.
Chairwoman’s Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama interview with ABA's The Antitrust Source
In this interview with The Antitrust Source the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama discussed competition environment in Latvia, what has been accomplished over 25 years (since Latvia’s independence was restored) and what need to be done to promote competition development in all sectors of national economy for the benefit of all society. Lasīt vairāk
20.06.2017.
Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama appointed to a second term as Chairwoman of the Competition Council
Today, on 20 June, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia appointed Mrs Skaidrīte Ābrama for a second five-year term as Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC). Lasīt vairāk
16.06.2017.
The CC detects bid-rigging by four security companies
On 11 May, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) took a decision to impose a fine on four providers of security services – SIA “Bruks”, SIA RK “Nivios-LTD”, SIA “Puma” and SIA “Lat Jur Fin” – for lasting and systematic implementation of bid-rigging in public procurements. For this infringement of competition law the companies were imposed a fine in the total amount of 78 544 euros. Lasīt vairāk
05.06.2017.
The CC: Most frequently a supplier of school uniforms is selected imprudently
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) calls schools, where wearing uniforms is a mandatory requirement for students, to select the supplier of uniforms responsibly and consider offers of several companies. If the selected suppliers fail to ensure a qualitative service or fulfilment of contractual obligations, other companies have to be looked for, thus, promoting competition also among sewers of uniforms. Lasīt vairāk
28.04.2017.
The CC detects bid-rigging among distributors of professional stage equipment
On 30 May, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose a fine on nine companies, which had coordinated their activities within the framework of procurements of public and municipal authorities and cultural institutions owned by these authorities on acquisition of professional video, lighting, sound equipment and stage equipment. The CC imposed a fine in the total amount of 473,083 euros on the companies. Lasīt vairāk
26.04.2017.
The CC allows SIA “MAXIMA Latvija” to open a store in “DOMINA Shopping”
On 13 April, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to allow SIA “EfTEN Domina” to grant to SIA “MAXIMA Latvija” (MAXIMA) the right to use retail sales premises at the shopping centre “DOMINA Shopping” in Riga, Ieriķu Street 3. Lasīt vairāk
04.04.2017.
The existing liabilities cannot serve as an obstacle for choosing another natural gas supplier
Since opening of the natural gas market in Latvia and, respectively, opportunities for entrepreneurs to choose a natural gas supplier with the most suitable offer, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) actively follows, so that rules of fair competition would be observed while the market situation is changing. Lasīt vairāk
30.03.2017.
The CC, CPCB and PMB launches a cycle of seminars in the largest cities of Latvia
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) in cooperation with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (the KNAB) and the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (the PMB) invites entrepreneurs, as well as procurement specialists of public and municipal authorities, to participate in the educational cycle of seminars “On Fair Entrepreneurship” in the largest cities of Latvia. Lasīt vairāk