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.
For more than two years already, a new Serbian Competition Act has been brewing. Now, a draft of the new legislation has been published. If adopted, what changes will it bring to Serbian competition law?
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 most notable developments during 2018 in the competition law of Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The Serbian national competition authority (NCA) – the Commission for Protection of Competition – has launched an investigation against Mastercard. According to a statement published on the NCA’s website, the watchdog is investigating whether Mastercard’s interchange fees applicable in Serbia amount to an illegal restrictive agreement under Serbian competition law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Serbian Competition Commission doesn’t seem to rest – it has launched another antitrust investigation. This time it is investigating Imlek, the largest Serbian dairy, and Kruna-Komerc, a Serbian dairy products trader. The Commission is alleging that the companies engaged in bid-rigging by coordinating their commercial behavior with respect to a public procurement bid.