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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 | Albania, European Union | 21 Dec 2017

Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation

The Competition Authority recently put the draft Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation forward for public debate. The draft regulation is aligned with the EU Regulation on the Application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to Categories of Technology Transfer Agreements.
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Schoenherr | Albania | 10 Aug 2017

Competition Authority investigates mobile phone retail market

The Competition Authority recently initiated an investigation into the mobile phone market in connection with alleged coordinated practices and potential abuse of the dominant position of the market players. It had been alleged that three telecommunications operators had coordinated a change in standard pre-paid packages.
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Schoenherr | Albania | 1 Dec 2016

Competition Authority introduces new bylaws

The Competition Authority recently introduced a number of new bylaws. The bylaws aim to regulate short-form procedures on the assessment of concentrations, commitment procedures and the administration of electronic data during Competition Authority inspections.
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Schoenherr | Albania | 20 Oct 2016

Competition Authority investigates tobacco industry

The Competition Authority recently initiated ex officio proceedings against MIKA KORÇA JSC. MIKA KORÇA holds a dominant position on the tobacco market as the sole Albanian company exporting tobacco products and the only purchaser of tobacco from farmers. The authority has established that the prices at which farmers sell tobacco does not cover their high production costs, and that the average......
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Schoenherr | Albania | 22 Sep 2016

Competition Authority's 2015 annual report

In 2015 the Competition Authority issued 51 decisions addressing, among other things, restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance. Of 50 complaints submitted that year, 22 related to the electronic communications market. The authority often faces delays in court proceedings and 2015 was no exception, with six commission decisions appealed before the court.
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Schoenherr | Albania | 1 Sep 2016

Introduction of simplified merger control procedure and notifications

The Competition Commission has adopted new guidelines on a simplified form and procedure for assessing merger notifications for transactions which raise no competition concerns. In order to increase transparency, on receipt of notification the commission will publish the basic information regarding the concentration on its official website. This will allow interested parties to submit their......
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Schoenherr | Albania | 14 Apr 2016

Competition Authority sets rules on leniency application

The Competition Authority recently adopted the Fine Leniency Programme, which elaborates on the leniency rules set out in the Competition Law. The programme details the procedure for applying for and granting leniency for the full or partial reduction of fines. The programme explains that any undertaking which initiates a cartel cannot benefit from the leniency proceedings.
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Boga & Associates | Albania | 7 Mar 2016

New draft law on chambers of commerce

The Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship has proposed a draft law which would amend the rules applicable to the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The draft law would controversially reinstate the compulsory membership of legal entities of the chambers, which the ministry states is necessary due to the......
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Schoenherr | Albania | 28 Jan 2016

Competition Authority: recent developments

The Competition Authority recently adopted new guidelines on merger control conditions and obligations intended to comply with EU regulations. The authority also recently approved a concentration in the financial leasing market and announced an investigation into the banking sector to assess whether competition is being limited or distorted as a result of the behaviour of one or more banks.
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