ECN Brief

advocacy

advocacy

The CC through Advocacy timely prevents Anti-competitive Amendments to VAT Law

The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia through competition advocacy prevented anticompetitive amendments to Latvia’s Value Added Tax Law (VAT Law). Draft amendments were discriminatory to private companies – organizers of cultural events – and therefore risked to restrict the competition and to hinder organization of commercial cultural events in the future.

Posted on 15/02/2016

The CC points at Competition Restrictions within the Taxi Service Market

The Competition Council (CC) of Latvia repeatedly calls for the Riga City Council to ensure principles of the fair competition within its regulation of providing the taxi services in the Old Town of the capital of Latvia, Riga.

Posted on 15/02/2016

Amendments to Attorney Act Found to Be Anti-competitive

On 22 April 2015, the CPC adopted an opinion regarding the Draft Law for Amendment of the Attorney Act (Decision 353), finding that:

  • the proposed centralisation of the examination procedure for attorney candidates before the Supreme Bar Council constitutes a barrier to market entry: it may amount to an unfair examination process as the examiners are themselves attorneys who are actually active on the market;

Posted on 01/07/2015

CPC Adopts Advocacy Opinion on Digital Terrestrial Television

On 24 March 2015, the CPC adopted an advocacy opinion on the legal framework regulating "must carry" obligations introduced for the purposes of the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television (digitalisation) in Bulgaria (Decision 279).

Posted on 01/07/2015

CMA Publishes 60 Second Summaries to Aid Compliance

Over the past few months the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a series of 60-Second Summaries – highlighting CMA guidance on steps businesses can take to comply with competition and consumer law.

Posted on 01/07/2015

CPC Recommends Discontinuing Price Regulation for Taxi Services

In an advocacy opinion adopted on 18 March 2015, the Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) considers that minimum and maximum prices in the taxi services sector restrict competition. It recommends repealing the provisions of the Automobile Transport Act that empower the municipal councils to determine minimum and maximum prices of taxi services.

Despite the opinions adopted in 2007 and 2010 by the CPC, maximum prices for taxi services were introduced in 2011 and since 2014 the municipal councils have also the power to determine minimum prices.

Posted on 01/07/2015

CPC Advocates for Removing Unjustified Restrictions on Collection of Household Ferrous Scrap

On 11 March 2015, the Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) adopted an advocacy opinion on the Waste Management Law (WML), focusing on ferrous scrap (Decision 220).

Posted on 01/07/2015

CPC Advocates for Removing Restrictions of Competition Concerning Surveyors and Providers of Energy Efficiency Audits

In the framework of its advocacy activities aimed at removing restrictions of competition in the field of professional services, the Commission on Protection of Competition (CPC) adopted two opinions concerning the regulatory framework on land surveyors and on providers of energy efficiency audits.

Posted on 01/07/2015

AMO Calls for Measures to Increase Banks Clients´ Mobility

On 19 February 2015, the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (AMO) addressed the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and the National Bank of Slovakia to consider the adoption of the following measures aimed at increasing mobility of clients in the banking sector:

  • the possibility of switching the current account from one bank to another without changing the account number, thereby reducing the administrative barriers to switching banks;

Posted on 01/07/2015
Subscribe to RSS - advocacy