The Latvian Administrative Regional Court by its decision dated September 2, 2015 confirmed the Competition Council’s (CC) decision to impose fines and remedies on the only natural gas supplier in Latvia for abusing its dominant position.

CC had found that the supplier had abused its dominant position by refusing to conclude natural gas vendor contracts with new clients before debts accumulated by previous clients were paid. During the investigation, CC received complaints for such infringement from consumers and enterprises on more than 500 occasions. Without recovering debts from consumers, who have caused the debt, the supplier shifted to new consumers not only the debt itself, but also the costs of debt recovery. Further, the Court pointed out that despite the fact that the supplier operates in a regulated industry, CC had jurisdiction to examine the operation of the gas supplier in accordance with the Competition Law.