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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 | Montenegro | 10 Dec 2015

Competition Authority investigates telecoms merger

The Competition Authority is investigating Telemach ad Podgorica's intended acquisition of M-Kabl doo Montenegro. It has established that both parties are competitors in ​​at least seven municipalities within Montenegro and that the market is already extremely concentrated.
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Schoenherr | Montenegro | 30 Oct 2014

Boost in activity – investigations into restrictive agreements

During 2014 the Agency for the Protection of Competition has concentrated its activities on investigations into restrictive agreements and has imposed measures on the four publishers of Montenegro's largest daily newspapers for participating in a price-fixing cartel. It is yet to be seen whether and to what extent the cartel's participants will be fined, but the fine may be up to 10% of the......
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Schoenherr | Montenegro | 3 Jul 2014

Competition Policy introduces four block exemption regulations

The government has adopted four implementing regulations in accordance with the Protection of Competition Act. The regulations will allow economic operators doing business in Montenegro to assess independently the fulfilment of the requirements for group exemption of specific horizontal and vertical agreements. Parties to an agreement can apply for an individual exemption.
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Schoenherr | Montenegro | 21 Nov 2013

Competition Authority opens investigations ex officio

The Competition Authority recently opened three investigations ex officio. One proceeding concerns the daily newspaper market, while the other two concern the telecommunications market. Since the new Competition Act was adopted in 2012, the authority has increased its activities significantly – particularly investigations.
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Schoenherr | Montenegro | 31 Oct 2013

Competition Authority adopts new bylaws

The Competition Authority recently adopted four bylaws, including the Guidelines on Access to Information and the Code of Ethics. The guidelines lay down instructions for market participants on how to access and review information possessed by the authority, while the code sets out major ethical principles under which authority employees must fulfil their professional duties.
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Schoenherr | Montenegro | 18 Oct 2012

New Competition Act enters into force

A new law on the protection of competition recently came into force. The Competition Act regulates both market behaviour (restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance) and merger control. With respect to merger control, the most significant changes concern notification thresholds and deadlines, as well as deadlines within which the competition authority must review mergers and issue......
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