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Serbian Competition Authority Steps Up Antritrust Enforcement

August 2017 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Schönherr.

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The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the "Commission") recently intensified its antitrust activities before the new Administrative Act came into effect. In one week alone the Commission initiated four antitrust cases and conducted two dawn raids.

1. What/who will be on the Commission's radar?

  • The first two cases are similar. In the first one, the Commission searched the premises of a company distributing and selling hygiene and maintenance products in order to collect evidence of alleged bid rigging for a public tender. The Commission received a complaint that several bidders had colluded over prices and other terms of sale. The second case also relates to collusive tendering for food aliments supply for a public medical centre. One of the undertakings accused was Imlek, against which the Commission brought an infringement decision in 2012 for abusing its dominant position in the raw milk market.

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