The competition newsletter for February is out!
What are the basic rules governing merger filing in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia (FYROM)? Here they are, in five short questions and answers:
In addition to an earlier review of Serbian antitrust and merger control, here is also a short overview of the developments in Serbian State aid during 2017 – in eight questions and answers.
To complete the tetralogy, after the annual reviews of competition developments in Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia, here is, in a nutshell, what happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 2017 and what to expect in 2018.
Following a Phase II investigation initiated in October 2017, the Serbian Competition Commission has cleared the acquisition of a Serbian yeast producer (owned by the American Alltech) by the French giant Lesaffre. The clearance was conditional and includes certain reporting obligations by the merged entity.
The newsletter for January is out! Apart from Serbia, it now also covers Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia (FYROM).
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.
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.