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Legislation and Policy

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 governments and capital companies owned by them – to violate the principle of equal competition by unduly restricting or even denying the private sector an opportunity to operate on the market.

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Control of abusive practices in electricity generation/wholesale trade Bundeskartellamt and Bundesnetzagentur publish guidelines

The Bundeskartellamt and the Bundesnetzagentur published the guidelines for the control of abusive practices in the electricity generation and wholesale trade sector in terms of anti-trust and energy wholesale law.

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Guidelines to comply with competition rules by associations of undertakings

The Romanian Competition Council has drawn up Guidelines of compliance with the competition rules addressed to the associations of undertakings. The document was lauched in public consultation to receive contributions from stakeholders. The consultation ends on 25 November, 2019.

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The Finnish Competition Act has been amended to enhance the control of competition restrictions

The Finnish Competition Act has been amended as of 17 June 2019. The key amendments (Act 721/2019) concern inspections carried out by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA), the FCCA’s right to obtain information, and the exchange of information between authorities. In addition, the competition neutrality provisions have supplemented with an accounting separation obligation.

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The Competition Council proposes to open the vehicle technical condition control market for competition

During sector inquiry into the market of state technical inspection of vehicles, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) detected, that the state groundlessly restricts possibilities of the private sector to provide control of technical condition of vehicles. The CC has warned the state, that by groundless restriction of the market development Latvia may infringe legislation of the European Union (the EU).

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Joint guidance on new transaction value threshold in German and Austrian merger control - Publication of final version

On 9 July 2018 at the Competition Talk of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (AFCA) in Vienna, the Director General of the AFCA, Dr Theodor Thanner, and the Vice President of the Bundeskartellamt, Professor Dr Konrad Ost, presented the final joint guidance on the new transaction value threshold.

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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 competition law committed by subsidiary companies. That means that also in the future in cases of competition infringements the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) will be entitled to impose responsibility upon parent companies regarding infringements committed by subsidiary companies.

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Joint guidance on new transaction value threshold in German and Austrian merger control submitted for public consultation

Bonn, 14 May 2018: The Bundeskartellamt and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority have submitted for public consultation a joint draft guidance paper on the application of the new transaction value threshold in merger control.

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CCA empowered for enforcement of unfair trading practices provisions in food supply chain

The Act on prohibition of unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food supply chain (hereinafter: UTPs Act) establishes the rules and effective redress mechanisms to eliminate UTPs being imposed by a trading partner in the food supply chain where a superior bargaining position is abused by the buyer and/or the processor or the re-seller with respect to the supplier.

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Innovations and competition law practice - meeting of the Working Group on Competition Law

On 5 October 2017 the Working Group on Competition Law met in Bonn at the invitation of the Bundeskartellamt. At the meeting over 120 competition law experts discussed and exchanged views on the theme "Innovations - challenges for competition law practice."

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