The Office for the Protection of Competition recently published a draft amendment to the Competition Act and opened a public consultation to receive feedback. The amendment follows the contemplated abolishment of the Act on Significant Market Power. The main provisions of the abolished act will be incorporated in the Competition Act. The remaining, mainly technical, provisions will be included in the Act on Prices.
The president of the Office for the Protection of Competition recently issued a second-instance decision confirming the authority's decision to fine Sokolovská uhelná for its participation in a vertical agreement. The fine amounted to Kr17.3 million (approximately €700,000) and is the highest ever to be imposed by the authority for participation in a vertical agreement.
Merger control proceedings in Slovakia are time consuming. Even in straightforward concentrations, the parties must be prepared to face lengthy proceedings before the Competition Authority. As a result, the Slovak merger control rules constitute an inappropriate administrative burden for competitors. However, the Competition Authority is aware of the complications and is willing to amend the existing rules.
The Office for the Protection of Competition recently approved the acquisition of a Czech construction company by a leading central European construction company. The office also imposed fines on a Czech brown coal mining company and a Czech producer of mineral water and soft drinks for the conclusion and performance of restricted export prohibition agreements.
The Anti-monopoly Office of the Slovak Republic has imposed a fine of €48,373 on Natur-Pack and 14 waste collection companies for entering into an agreement that restricted competition. The Bratislava Regional Court has also rejected the action of funeral undertaking Marianum against the office's June 2008 decision. By this decision the office had imposed a fine of €237,668.46 on Marianum for abuse of its dominant position.