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Schoenherr | Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Union, etc. | 5 Nov 2020

European Commission comments on Western Balkan countries' level of harmonisation of antitrust rules

The European Commission recently adopted the 'enlargement package' for 2020, which encompasses reports on candidate and potential candidate countries' progress towards EU accession. The progress reports contain, among other things, an assessment of the level of harmonisation of the Western Balkan countries' national competition laws with EU competition law and practice.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 4 Jun 2020

State of emergency's impact on North Macedonian Competition Authority operations

Owing to the state of emergency declared due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government adopted the Regulation on the Implementation of the Administrative Proceedings Act During the State of Emergency, which affected the timeline of proceedings before the North Macedonian Competition Authority (NMCA). This article outlines the regulation's practical implications for the NMCA's operations.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 13 Jul 2017

Competition authority fines two breweries €8.5 million

The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently determined that two breweries were engaged in resale price maintenance. The breweries had entered into agreements that contained price-fixing provisions and distributors were allegedly restricted from independently determining resale prices.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 3 Nov 2016

Competition Authority activity in 2015 at a glance

During 2015 the Competition Authority issued 68 decisions concerning merger control, the abuse of dominant positions and state aid and 32 opinions concerning competition law and state aid law. Further, the authority issued a number of significant fines in decisions relating to cartels and the abuse of dominant positions. Taking into account the available human and financial resources, the......
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 29 Oct 2015

Competition commission publishes annual report

The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently published its 2014 annual report, in which it outlines the developments of the previous year. The commission issued 41 decisions in administrative proceedings, four opinions under the Competition Act and 19 opinions under the State Aid Control Act. It also decided 10 cases in misdemeanour proceedings and imposed fines totalling......
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 23 Oct 2014

Drop in Competition Authority activities

The Commission for the Protection of Competition has recently experienced a slight drop in activities. Between May and August 2014 the commission rendered five merger clearances and imposed two fines in misdemeanour proceedings. Moreover, recently enacted amendments to the Competition Act further prescribe the procedures for the appointment of the commission's professional staff.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 30 Jan 2014

Competition Authority issues Rules of Procedure

The Commission for Protection of Competition issued the Rules of Procedure, aimed at regulating the commission's decision-making sessions. The rules set out that meetings are to be convened as needed by the president of the commission or on written request by at least three commission members. Voting is always public and the commission adopts its decisions by a majority vote of all members.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 3 Oct 2013

Competition Authority issues two bylaws

The Competition Authority has recently published two new bylaws concerning merger control. The Guidelines on Concentrations were published in order to promote a better understanding of the issues relating to concentrations of undertakings on the market, while the Instructions on the Manner of Submitting Merger Notifications concern the content and form of merger notifications.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 11 Jul 2013

Competition Authority – a slump in activity in first quarter 2013

Since the beginning of 2013 the Competition Authority has witnessed a slump in its workload. During the first quarter of 2013 the authority issued four decisions and published two news items, concerning Competition Authority staff participation at international conferences.
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Schoenherr | North Macedonia | 7 Feb 2013

Macedonian Telekom fined for abuse of dominant position

The High Administrative Court of Macedonia recently confirmed that Macedonian Telekom had abused its dominant position by imposing excessive prices for the lease of digital lines. Macedonian Telecom did not have separate pricing for the lease of lines to its final consumers and wholesalers, which was considered an act of abuse. The procedure was concluded in this final ruling after six years......
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