On October 9–10 competition law experts and representatives of the European Commission, Lithuanian public and private sector gathered in the 14th Baltic Competition Conference in Vilnius to discuss how competition authorities can become better enforcers, strengthen institutional credibility and contribute to the well-being of the country and the citizens.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (Court) upheld the Competition Council’s decision, according to which the Council prohibited the acquisition of 100 per cent of Maltosa shares by Viking Malt Oy .
On October 2 the Competition Council found that UAB Karolinos turas and UAB NT partneriai misled consumers by advertising hotel premises as residential real estate. For the infringement of the Law on Advertising, the Council fined each of the companies EUR 8,688.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (Court) upheld the Competition Council’s decision on two bid rigging agreements.
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania acknowledged that in 2004 and 2005 the Minister of the Interior adopted legal acts which granted exclusive rights to the state enterprise Infostruktūra and thus restricted the freedom of economic activity. According to the Court, such legal regulation infringed the constitutional principle of the rule of law.
On September 5 the Council cleared the acquisition of 23 per cent of UAB 1ClickFactory shares and joint control by the Netherlands-based The IT Channel Company from UAB Volternas and the Danish company Sfink Invest .
The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (hereinafter – Court) upheld the Competition Council‘s decision, according to which the security company G4S Lietuva (G4S) infringed the Law on Competition by concluding anti-competitive agreements in the market of cash-handling services and received EUR 2.7 million fine.
During the school year the Council‘s experts will be visiting a number of schools in Vilnius to teach senior pupils the principles of effective competition, its benefits for consumers, as well as help them recognise anti-competitive agreements and misleading advertising, as part of the competition advocacy project “Competition Council goes to school“.
On August 23 the Competition Council cleared the merger whereby the Latvian company AS EuVECA Livonia Partners and the Estonian company AS LHV Varahaldus indirectly through Silver Screen Holdings UAB acquired 34,8 per cent of UAB Cgates Group shares and joint control together with the Estonian companies OÜ Polaris Invest and OÜ Com Holding .
Vilnius Regional Administrative Court (Court) upheld the Competition Council’s decision, according to which a bid rigging agreement was concluded by the companies acting in the municipal waste collection and transportation sector. The infringement of the Law on Competition resulted in fines.