What marked 2019 in the competition law of North Macedonia?
In a nutshell, what was worth noting in Serbian competition law in 2019?
Serbia’s national competition authority (NCA) has announced it has issued an infringement decision for bid rigging – based on a leniency application. The bid rigging concerned the supply of Konica Minolta office equipment in the public procurement procedure in Serbia.
Just before Easter, the Montenegrin NCA, Agency for Protection of Competition, has announced its most interesting news since the start of the year – it has performed a dawn raid.
What were the major competition law developments in Macedonia (FYROM) during 2018?
Though it does not have the authority issue fines, the Montenegrin competition authority – Agency for Protection of Competition – does have the power to conduct market analyses. And it has just concluded three such analyses, one of them leading to the initiation of a cartel investigation.
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?
As has been the case in previous years, the Serbian Competition Commission used the end of the year to close some of the cases it had been working on. This time, the Commission did so with two investigations: one concerning bid rigging in the field of overhaul of rail vehicles and the other about vertical price fixing. In both investigations the Commission had used dawn raid to gather evidence.
In the midst of the drafting of a new Competition Act, the current Serbian Competition Act has been challenged before the country’s Constitutional Court. The challenge was made by the Serbian Bar Association, as a follow-up to a joint challenge already made by a law firm and two NGOs earlier this month.