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The Case of the Serbian Peaky Blinders: Aid Granted By Serbia’s State Gas Company ‘Not State Aid’

One of the very last decisions the Serbian Commission for the Control of State Aid rendered in 2017 was a finding that the aid which the national gas company Srbijagas awarded to the production of a popular TV series in Serbia was not State aid. The Commission’s conclusion was that Srbijagas is not a State aid grantor within the meaning of Serbian State aid legislation.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia: An Ethnic Veto in Competition Law Enforcement?

A peculiarity of competition law enforcement in Bosnia and Herzegovina is what could be called an ‘ethnic veto’ – there has to be a sort of an ethnic consensus within the Bosnian competition authority in order for any decision to be adopted. And, combined with the rules limiting the maximum duration of proceedings before the Competition Council, this in practice may lead to the blockade in the watchdog’s competition law enforcement.

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Montenegro

Competition Law in Montenegro: 2017

During 2017, the activities of the Montenegrin competition authority continued to be focused on merger control, with antitrust enforcement a bit in the shadow. In the authority’s own words, one of the main obstacles towards a more effective competition law enforcement in Montenegro is the procedure for imposing fines for competition law infringements. Will things change in 2018?

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Serbia

Competition Law in Serbia: 2017

Now that it’s behind us, it’s safe to say the previous year was one of the most eventful ones since modern Serbian competition law came to being. This not only due to a fairly active Competition Commission, but also due to other developments, such as those surrounding the drafting of a new Competition Act.

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