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) – the Commission for Protection of Competition – has got a new leadership.
Following a Phase II investigation started back in April, the Serbian national competition authority (NCA) has cleared an acquisition in the baking industry – with strings attached.
The Montenegrin national competition authority (NCA) has performed an unannounced inspection (dawn raid) in the market for the sale of motor vehicles. It is investigating two local companies allegedly involved in RPM concerning the sale of motorcycles produced by Peugeot Motorcycles.
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 national competition authority (NCA) – the Commission for Protection of Competition – has announced it has started a gun-jumping investigation against Fortenova Group. The Serbian NCA is probing whether Fortenova acquired control of Agrokor’s assets without notifying the transaction in the merger control procedure.
Serbia still has a system of individual exemption of restrictive agreements based on prior notification to the national competition authority (NCA). What kind of agreements did the NCA exempt during 2018?
Last year, the Serbian national competition authority (NCA) for the first time launched an antitrust probe against a foreign-based entity – Polish sports equipment manufacturer Polanik. Now, the NCA has decided to terminate the investigation, which means that the wait for the first cross-border antitrust fine in Serbia continues.
We wrote earlier about a planned JV between two leading retailers of consumer electronics and home appliances in Serbia, which went to Phase II. In the meantime, the parties seemed to have changed the structure of the transaction and, instead of a JV, the planned combination would consist in one of the involved retailers acquiring the other.
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.