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Competition Authority to monitor mobile phone retail market
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • October 12 2017

In September 2017 the Competition Authority officially closed the investigation into the mobile phone retail market which it opened following three complaints regarding alleged coordinated practices and potential abuse of dominant position. The authority issued a number of recommendations and intends to continue to monitor the mobile phone retail market until October 2018.

Competition Authority investigates mobile phone retail market
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • August 10 2017

The Competition Authority recently initiated an investigation into the mobile phone market in connection with alleged coordinated practices and potential abuse of the dominant position of the market players. It had been alleged that three telecommunications operators had coordinated a change in standard pre-paid packages.

Competition Authority's 2016 activities
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • August 03 2017

In 2016 the Competition Authority issued 52 decisions relating to merger control, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices. No fines were imposed in any of the decisions. The authority also reviewed and commented on numerous legislation proposals, including the production and marketing of tobacco and cigarettes and airport fees.

Competition Authority introduces new bylaws
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • December 01 2016

The Competition Authority recently introduced a number of new bylaws. The bylaws aim to regulate short-form procedures on the assessment of concentrations, commitment procedures and the administration of electronic data during Competition Authority inspections.

Competition Authority investigates tobacco industry
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • October 20 2016

The Competition Authority recently initiated ex officio proceedings against MIKA KORÇA JSC. MIKA KORÇA holds a dominant position on the tobacco market as the sole Albanian company exporting tobacco products and the only purchaser of tobacco from farmers. The authority has established that the prices at which farmers sell tobacco does not cover their high production costs, and that the average price paid by MIKA KORÇA is lower than the average price paid in the European Union.

Competition Authority's 2015 annual report
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • September 22 2016

In 2015 the Competition Authority issued 51 decisions addressing, among other things, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance. Of 50 complaints submitted that year, 22 related to the electronic communications market. The authority often faces delays in court proceedings and 2015 was no exception, with six commission decisions appealed before the court.

Introduction of simplified merger control procedure and notifications
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • September 01 2016

The Competition Commission has adopted new guidelines on a simplified form and procedure for assessing merger notifications for transactions which raise no competition concerns. In order to increase transparency, on receipt of notification the commission will publish the basic information regarding the concentration on its official website. This will allow interested parties to submit their comments and observations.

Competition Authority sets rules on leniency application
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • April 14 2016

The Competition Authority recently adopted the Fine Leniency Programme, which elaborates on the leniency rules set out in the Competition Law. The programme details the procedure for applying for and granting leniency for the full or partial reduction of fines. The programme explains that any undertaking which initiates a cartel cannot benefit from the leniency proceedings.

Competition Authority: recent developments
Moravčević Vojnović and Partners in cooperation with Schoenherr
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Albania
  • January 28 2016

The Competition Authority recently adopted new guidelines on merger control conditions and obligations intended to comply with EU regulations. The authority also recently approved a concentration in the financial leasing market and announced an investigation into the banking sector to assess whether competition is being limited or distorted as a result of the behaviour of one or more banks.

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  • Belgrade
  • Serbia
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