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New obligations under General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP)

November 2017 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Alfery .

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Legal basis and principles of GDPR

On 27 April 2016 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the

European Parliament and of the Council, General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation“ or “GDPR“) was adopted. This Regulation is directly applicable in all Member States and constitutes the legal framework for personal data protection applicable in the whole of the EU. It protects the rights of EU citizens from unauthorized treatment of their details and personal data. In particular, the new legislation strengthens individuals’ rights affected by personal data processing. Individuals may now obtain information regarding which data about them are processed and why, and have a better opportunity to demand that entities administering or processing their personal data comply with the rules, and remedy any defects. The strengthened rights of individuals as data subjects are also evident from the reformulation of tasks and obligations of controllers and processors.


October 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Randa Havel Legal.

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by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, Randa Havel Legal

Bid rigging means the agreement between tenderers who intentionally damage the contracting authority by not submitting competitive offers, which leads to an increasing price compared to the price that would be achieved in the situation where candidates compete with each other. The aim is to achieve better conditions for the winner of the tender procedure. Bid rigging generally includes elements of agreements on price fixing and agreements on market sharing. These agreements have a direct negative impact on public budgets.

Protection of Lenients and access to file before the Czech Antitrust Office

October 2012 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Randa Havel Legal.

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by Kristýna Oberfalcerová, Attorney-at-Law, RANDA HAVEL LEGAL

On 23 February 2012 the Regional Court in Brno (the "Court") delivered its judgement on an action against the decision of the Czech Antitrust Office (the "Office") in the case of screen manufacturers cartel (the "Judgement"). Even though the parties can still appeal against the Judgement it only summarizes the current decision-making practice of the European Commission (the "Commission") and the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "Court of Justice"), so there is no reason why the ruling should change in the future. Moreover, the amendment of Act No. 143/2001 Coll., on Protection of Economic Competition (the "Act") which is currently discussed before the Parliament more or less confirms the conclusions of the Judgement regarding the access to the file and defines certain rules of the Leniency procedure (the "Amendment") before the Office.

Bid Rigging Cartels in the Czech Republic

The Office for the Protection of Economic Competition (hereinafter the „Office“) issued the historically first decision concerning domestic cartel among suppliers competing for public contract (bid rigging) case. The case is interesting not only because it is the first such case in the Czech Republic, but could indicate how the Office will proceed in such cases and in the proving of such cartels.

Cross-Border Service Provision in the EU

January 2011 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s.

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The Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2006/123/EC of 12 December 2006, on services in the internal market ("Directive" or "Directive on services") substantially develops the freedom of establishment and freedom of cross-border provision of services under Articles 43 and 49 of the EC treaty. The Directive applies to all types of services except those which are expressly excluded. In the Czech Republic, the Directive on services was implemented by Act No. 222/2009 Coll., on Free Movement of Services that came into force on December 28, 2009.

Act on Significant Market Strength and Its Abuse – a Controversial Law Regulating Relations betwee

January 2011 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by PETERKA & PARTNERS v.o.s.

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In the Czech Republic , the heavily debated and controversial act on significant market power in the sale of agricultural and food products, and its abuse, came into force at the beginning of the last year. The aim of the act is to regulate retailers’ (mainly huge multinational retail chains) purchasing power over suppliers of food and agricultural products. An action has been filed in Brussels in which businesses request proceedings be brought against the Czech Republic, arguing that the act is incompatible with EU competition law.


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