Category: Competition law

13 Oct 2020
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Competition and State Aid in the Republic of Serbia during COVID-19

Challenges for the Serbian National Competition Authority (“NCA”) and the Serbian Commission for State Aid Control (“CSAC”) have ratcheted up over the last ten months.  New members of Councils were appointed to both authorities.  The start of their mandates coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (“COVID-19”) which certainly derailed their original plans and ideas.  Competition  COVID-19 is keeping competition authorities on their toes on two fronts: keep an eye on crisis cartels whilst allowing necessary competitor collaboration.  Unfortunately, unlike the European Commission (“EC”) which published the Temporary Framework for assessing antitrust issues related to business cooperation during COVID-19, […]

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Serbian Competition Authority time limits: what’s the story?

Adopted on March 24, 2020 and amended two days later, the Decree concerning time limits in administrative proceedings during the state of emergency (“Decree”) applies to all administrative procedures including those before Serbia’s national competition authority (“NCA” or “Commission”).  In that regard, the NCA has published a Notification on Deadlines During the State of Emergency (“Notification”). Wishing to protect both the interests of parties and public interest, the Commission has explained what changes the Decree introduces with respect to merger control, individual exemptions of restrictive agreements and other procedures governed by the Competition Act.   What happens to time limits […]

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