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.
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?
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?
In the process of the drafting of the new Serbian Competition Act, apart from the merger filing thresholds, an issue drawing particular attention is how the individual exemption of restrictive agreements should be set up: whether the system of prior notification should be retained or whether self-assessment should be introduced. Actually, perhaps the best solution would be to have both – and (earlier) EU law offers a basis for that.
A couple of weeks after publishing the drafts of block exemptions for technology transfer and transport agreements, the Serbian Competition Commission has now published a draft block exemption for vertical agreements in the motor vehicle sector.
Last week, the Hungarian city of Győr was the host of the EU Business Law Forum, organized by the Center for European Studies of the Szecheny Istvan University. The forum brought together legal experts from Western Balkans and Central Europe to exchange experiences how EU rules affect the application of business law in their respective countries.
The Serbian Competition Commission has recently published its annual report for 2016. Among the parts of the report catching the eye is the Commission’s announcement that during this year it plans to draft four new block exemption regulations for restrictive agreements. Once the drafting is completed, the Commission would submit the regulations to the Government for adoption.