The Montenegrin national competition authority (NCA), the Agency for Protection of Competition, has started a probe into alleged state aid to the country’s flag carrier airline – Montenegro Airlines.
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.
The Serbian NCA seems to have set its sights on merger control: during the entire 2018 it had only one Phase II investigation, while during the first quarter of 2019 alone it has launched two such probes. Specifically, following the launch of a Phase II probe of a planned acquisition of a local cable operator by Telecom Serbia, the NCA is now investigating a planned JV between two leading retailers of consumer electronics and home appliances.
The Serbian NCA, the Commission for Protection of Competition, has announced it has opened a Phase II investigation of a planned acquisition of a local cable operator by the Serbian telecom incumbent – Telecom Serbia.
The Serbian NCA – Commission for Protection of Competition – has continued with its recent hyperactivity. This time, it has started an investigation against four pharmaceutical wholesalers, for alleged bid rigging.
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The Serbian NCA has been actively conducting dawn raids for a few years already. Now, it has published a guidance aimed at informing undertakings of their rights and obligations during such unannounced inspections.
The Serbian NCA, Commission for Protection of Competition, announced today it has abandoned its case against the Serbian Bar Association. The NCA had started the investigation back in 2014, related to the setting of bar admission fees, payable by lawyers wishing to be admitted to the practice of law.
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?
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.