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CEE: Competition Monthly Bulletin – September/October 2020

Stay informed about the latest developments in competition law in Central and Eastern Europe with Schoenherr’s multi-jurisdictional newsletter. Each issue offers insight into developments in merger control, anti-trust, as well as public and private enforcement in the region.

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Table of contents by topics

MERGER CONTROL

  • Austria | Cartel court finds no jurisdiction over disputed voting rights
  • Bulgaria | CEZ’s acquisition approved after reassessment of prohibition
  • Czech Republic | Supreme Administrative Court backed Agency’s gun-jumping decision
  • Hungary Investigation into media merger abandoned after the parties abandon deal
  • Hungary fines Heineken in relation to commitments
  • Poland | Polish agency fines gas distributors for gun-jumping and information delay
  • Poland | Polish agency to examine practices of TV broadcasters
  • Serbian Competition Authority opens a gun-jumping investigation in the pharmacy sector
ANTITRUST – CARTEL PROHIBITION
  • Czech Republic | Agency fines DIY garden equipment company for RPM
  • Hungary | Marketing firms investigated over market sharing
  • Hungary | Cement producers investigated over potential tacit collusion and abuse of dominance
  • Hungary | Top court confirms bid-rigging fines imposed on solar power firms
  • Poland | Agency opens antitrust investigation into e-commerce company Allegro
  • Poland | Polish agency opens two forestry bid-rigging investigations
  • Poland | Polish authority fines railway sleepers producers for bid-rigging
  • Poland | Gazprom appeals record EUR 6.5bln billing fine
  • Poland | Gazprom appeals fine for failing to provide information in pipeline probe
  • Poland | Polish agency closes marketing association probe with commitments
  • Romania | Authority fines five construction companies for collusion
  • Romania | Several companies challenge inclusion on authority’s collusion blacklist
  • Romania | Antitrust |High Court backs annulment of lottery fine
  • Romania | Introduction of a 20 % overcharge presumption in private damages cases
  • Slovenia | Agency investigates potential collusion among four LPG providers
  • Serbia | Serbian Competition Authority opens an investigation into potential RPM practice in the consumer electronics market
ANTITRUST – ABUSE OF DOMINANCE
  • Austria | Cartel court finds no jurisdiction over disputed voting rights
  • Bulgaria | CPC fined Kaufland BGN 343,000 for abuse of stronger bargaining position
UNFAIR COMPETITION
  • Czech Republic | Agency’s binding statement related to the second COVID-19 wave
  • Hungary | TikTok investigated over consumer protection issues
  • Hungary | HCA imposes obligations on Hungarian digital accommodation booking platform Szallas.hu
SECTOR ENQUIRIES, LEGISLATION AND GUIDANCE
  • HoReCa beverage supply
  • Romania | Romanian agency reviewing impact of accounting, medical services HR rules
  • Slovenia | Bill to merge major regulators

Table of contents by countries

AUSTRIA

  • Merger Control | Austria’s cartel court has dismissed the request to rule on a dispute between media groups concerning voting rights
  • Abuse of dominance | Cartel court rejected claim against national broadcaster

BULGARIA

  • Merger control | CEZ’s acquisition approved after reassessment of prohibition
  • Abuse of dominance | CPC fined Kaufland BGN 343,000 for abuse of stronger bargaining position

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Antitrust | Agency fines DIY garden equipment company for RPM
  • Merger control | Supreme Administrative Court backed Agency’s gun-jumping decision
  • Guidance | Agency’s binding statement related to the second COVID-19 wave

HUNGARY

  • Antitrust | Marketing firms investigated over market sharing
  • Unfair competition | TikTok investigated over consumer protection issues
  • Antitrust | Cement producers investigated over potential tacit collusion and abuse of dominance
  • Unfair competition | HCA imposes obligations on Hungarian digital accommodation booking platform Szallas.hu
  • Antitrust | Top court confirms bid-rigging fines imposed on solar power firms
  • Merger control | Investigation into media merger abandoned after the parties abandon deal
  • Merger control | Hungary fines Heineken in relation to commitments
  • Sector enquiry | HoReCa beverage supply
POLAND
  • Antitrust | Agency opens antitrust investigation into e-commerce company Allegro
  • Antitrust | Polish agency opens two forestry bid-rigging investigations
  • Antitrust | Polish authority fines railway sleepers producers for bid-rigging
  • Antitrust | Gazprom appeals record EUR 6.5bln billing fine
  • Antitrust | Gazprom appeals fine for failing to provide information in pipeline probe
  • Antitrust | Polish agency closes marketing association probe with commitments
  • Merger control | Polish agency fines gas distributors for gun-jumping and information delay
  • Antitrust | Polish agency to examine practices of TV broadcasters

ROMANIA

  • Antitrust | Authority fines five construction companies for collusion
  • Antitrust | Several companies challenge inclusion on authority’s collusion blacklist
  • Antitrust | High Court backs annulment of lottery fine
  • Sector enquiry | Romanian agency reviewing impact of accounting, medical services HR rules
  • Antitrust | Introduction of a 20 % overcharge presumption in private damages cases

SLOVENIA

  • Antitrust | Agency investigates potential collusion among four LPG providers
  • Legislation | Bill to merge major regulators

SERBIA

  • Antitrust | Serbian Competition Authority opens an investigation into potential RPM practice in the consumer electronics market
  • Merger control | Serbian Competition Authority opens a gun-jumping investigation in the pharmacy sector

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