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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 | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 21 May 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Competition Authority operations

On 17 March 2020 the government declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the state of emergency, Competition Authority operations have continued. However, as office access is not permitted, only postal filings and submissions are accepted (ie, in-person filings are not allowed) and face-to-face meetings cannot be held. For now, the Competition Authority's filing and......
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 21 Dec 2017

Competition Council – no concentration when company takes over competitor's premises

The Competition Council recently took a stand regarding whether a situation in which a food retail company takes over a competitor's business premises and continues the same business activity in those premises constitutes a concentration. The council concluded that such situations should be notified as they are not considered concentrations according to the Competition Act.
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 14 Dec 2017

New Competition Act expected in 2018

The Competition Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina recently set out its objectives and priorities for 2018 in its 2018 Work Programme. One of the council's medium-term objectives is to make market regulation more efficient with the aim of strengthening competition protection. The council has also stressed its dedication to improving its expertise and administrative capacity.
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 20 Jul 2017

New Competition Council members appointed

The process for appointing new Competition Council members is now complete and operational. Specific and complex rules exist for the composition of the council and for it to pass decisions. Among other things, there must be two members representing each of the three constituent ethnic groups of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ie, two Serbs, two Bosnians and two Croatians).
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 23 Feb 2017

Competition Council: 2016 at a glance

The Competition Council's main activities in 2016 included issuing opinions and conducting proceedings pursuant to requests filed by undertakings or ex officio. A total of 50% of the cases filed were processed in 2016, while the remaining cases have been carried over to 2017. The council's total income from administrative fees in 2016 was KM234,574 (approximately €115,000), while collected......
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 8 Dec 2016

Competition Council publishes 2017 work programme

The Competition Council aims to improve its quality system in order to comply with EU legislation and enhance competition law enforcement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The council's recently published work programme outlines its objectives and priorities for 2017 and ensures its transparency for business and expert communities. The council has stressed that certain issues may arise in the......
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 13 Mar 2014

Bosnian Competition Authority fines Serbian beer producer

The Competition Council recently fined Apatinska pivara for abuse of dominance. Proceedings were launched pursuant to the request filed by one of Apatinska pivara' distributors. Dejan Komerc claimed that Apatinska pivara violated competition rules by applying dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with different distributors. The council concluded that Apatinska pivara had abused......
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 19 Sep 2013

Competition Authority fines Republic of Srpska Health Insurance Fund

The Competition Authority recently fined the Republic of Srpska Health Insurance Fund for concluding restrictive agreements with 150 pharmacies. The authority took a stand that this kind of condition represents a supplementary obligation that has no connection whatsoever with the respective agreement and prevented free access to the market for pharmacies.
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Schoenherr | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 12 Sep 2013

Competition Authority fines Composers' Association

The Competition Authority recently fined the Composers' Association for an abuse of dominance. The authority found that it had abused its dominant position by imposing unfair prices, applying dissimilar conditions to equivalent agreements with different parties and imposing supplementary obligations with no connection to the subject of the collective agreement on the use of music works by way......
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