The CC: Market leaders are responsible for ensuring fair competition on the market
Having assessed the existing situation on the market, after public announcements made at the end of the last year on possible price increase for dairy products, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) concludes – the price increase for procurement of raw milk was temporary in the second half of 2016 and, most likely, it has stopped. At the same time, the CC repeatedly indicates to the responsibility of market leaders, when making public announcements on possible price changes, which may serve as a signal for groundless price increase also for other participants in the sector. Lasīt vairāk
The CC imposes a fine on two public transportation service providers for coordination of fares
On February 27, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) adopted a decision to impose fine on two public transport service providers of the capital of Latvia – SIA Rīgas satiksme (RS) and PS Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme (RMS) – for concluding a prohibited agreement, that RMS fare shall not be lower than the tariff (fare) of RS. The CC imposed a fine in total of almost 2.3 million euros on both companies and a legal obligation to end the prohibited activities, and for RMS to determine fares independently, based on objective, verifiable and substantiated calculations. Lasīt vairāk
Several significant events on the competition law issue take place in Berlin
From 15 to 17 March, two significant international events were organized in Berlin for enforcers of competition law – the annual discussion of European competition authorities and the 18th Conference on Competition. In both these events the Competition Council of Latvia was represented by the Chairwoman of the authority Skaidrīte Ābrama. Lasīt vairāk
The Regional Administrative Court agrees with the Competition Authority of Latvia to fine AS „KIA Auto”
On 10 March 2017 the Regional Administrative Court has dismissed the application of AS „Tallina Kaubamaja” un AS „KIA Auto”, conforming the Competition Council’s of Latvia (the CC) decision to fine AS „KIA Auto”. Lasīt vairāk
Competition Council of Latvia participates at the VI International Competition Forum of Ukraine
On 2 March, the Chairwoman of the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) Skaidrīte Ābrama participated at the VI International Competition Forum of Ukraine to share Latvian experience implementing the recommendations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Lasīt vairāk
Competition in terms of price is significantly restricted on the cigarette market
After completion of a sector inquiry into the market of cigarette distribution, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) concluded, that companies have limited possibilities to compete in terms of price at wholesale and retail level. Since the regulatory framework stipulates, that manufacturers or importers of cigarettes shall determine a maximum retail price for products, retailers are restricted in determination of markup. Thus, the competition with final price is impossible. Lasīt vairāk
Māris Spička, the CC Executive Director: It is never too late to confess in a cartel
As the New Year has just started, the Competition Council of Latvia, as usual, implements active work, carrying out research and supervision of competition on various markets. Among other things, the CC investigates possible infringements of the Competition Law, imposing fines on large and small companies. Lasīt vairāk
Competition protection in Latvia: year 2016 in numbers and facts
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has summarized operating results of the authority and main conclusions on competition and competition protection in Latvia. In the previous year, the CC adopted in total six decisions, imposing fines in total amount of 1 657 196.70 euros on 16 undertakings. Five cases involved infringements of competition law, whereas another fine was imposed for failure to execute lawful requests of officials of the CC. Lasīt vairāk
The priority of the CC in 2017 – promotion of competition neutrality and eradication of bid-rigging
After summarizing the results and events in the area of competition development in the last year, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has set its operational priorities for 2017. As the most significant priorities shall be mentioned ensuring of equal competition conditions both to the private sector and the state and local governments, as well as active operation in combating of infringements that are detected in Latvia most frequently – prohibited agreements in public procurements. Lasīt vairāk
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 concluded, that this transaction would cause significant harm to competition, strengthening the retailer's position on the market, therefore, this transaction shall be prohibited. Lasīt vairāk
The CC punishes a medical equipment wholesaler for hindering an investigation
At the end of last year, the Competition Council (the CC) of Latvia adopted a decision and imposed a fine on the company SIA Interlux for failure to execute lawful requests during an investigation carried out by the CC. For irreversible deletion of information, thereby hindering the investigation of a case, the CC imposed a fine in the amount of EUR 13 175.30 on the company. Lasīt vairāk
Public Bodies involvement into commercial activities is named as the Most Significant Competition Issue
Public bodies’ involvement into commercial activities is named as the most significant competition issue by more than half of respondents of public opinion poll carried out by the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC). Meanwhile, the most frequently detected competition law infringement in Latvia – bid-rigging – ranks in the second place. Lasīt vairāk
The CC finds Significant Competition Barriers in Waste-Management Sector
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has identified a number of existing competition barriers created by both market structure and regulatory framework in the waste-management market in Latvia after commencing a sector inquiry. Thus, providers of waste-management services are prevented to compete under conditions of a level playing field, as well as new entrants are limited to enter waste-management market. Lasīt vairāk
The CC: Local Governments must Level the Playing Field
The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded negotiation procedure with the local government’s (municipality’s) owned SIA Aizkraukles ūdens on its alleged abuse of market power. Thus, the CC highlights that unjustified local governments’ involvement in private sector business is not permissible and therefore all local governments should assess their necessity to engage in commercial activities, therefore preventing possible risks to competition distortion. Lasīt vairāk
The CC detects Cartel in Procurement Procedures of Railway Construction and Repair
On 6 October, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) took a decision to fine seven companies for coordinating their actions in 29 price quotations organized by the state-owned railway company VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš. All procurement procedures were related to construction and repair works in different regions of Latvia. The CC imposed a fine in total of EUR 52 000 to all seven companies. Lasīt vairāk