When it comes to restrictive agreements, Serbia still has a system of individual exemption based on prior notification to the NCA. And since the NCA has recently published a summary of all exemption decisions it adopted during 2017, it may be interesting to look at these in more depth.
The newsletter for August is out! Read about the latest competition law developments in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia (FYROM).
In a recently published opinion, the Serbian NCA pronounced it had no jurisdiction over an extraterritorial vertical agreement. The extraterritorial vertical was an exclusive distribution agreement between a Serbian supplier and a foreign distributor. How come then the Serbian NCA has jurisdiction over extraterritorial mergers?
The newsletter for July is out! Read about the latest competition law developments in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia (FYROM).
Unlike the current EU mechanism, Serbia’s system of individual exemption of restrictive agreements is still based on prior notification to the competition authority – the Commission for Protection of Competition. However, it seems this is about to change.
Soon, the UK and Serbia will be in a similar position towards the EU: they will both be out of the bloc, but under a strong influence of EU legislation, including in the area of State aid. Despite all the differences between Serbia and the UK one can think of, the Balkan country’s experience may be interesting to consider in light of the design of the UK’s State aid system post-Brexit.
In a recent decision of the Serbian State Aid Commission, the watchdog found that the conversion of the right of use to the right of ownership of land, without compensation, did not amount to State aid. This opens the question: if such conversion does not represent State support, why other companies should pay for it?
The newsletter for June is out!
Our newsletter for May is out! It covers the most important competition law developments in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia (FYROM).
The Serbian NCA has recently conducted a sector inquiry into the Serbian retail food market. The NCA has now published some of its findings, which contain interesting information about the structure of the market.