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IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMITMENTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA ON COMPETITION AND STATE AID COMPONENT DISCUSSED IN BRUSSELS
01.12.2022   13906 Views   
On 29 November this year, the President of the Competition Council, Alexei GHERȚESCU, participated in the "9th Meeting of the Association Committee in the EU-Moldova Trade Configuration", as part of the official delegation of the Republic of Moldova, led by Vadim GUMENE, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy.The meeting addressed and discussed the main achievements of the Republic of Moldova in implementing the provisions of the Moldova-European Union Association Agreement, DCFTA component.In this regard, the Competition Council presented information
INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPETITION COUNCIL AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EU COMPETITION AND STATE AID POLICIES DISCUSSED IN BRUSSELS WITH Olivier GUERSENT, DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF DG COMP
29.11.2022   179 Views   
On 28 November 2022, the President of the Competition Council, Alexei GHERȚESCU and Olivier GUERSENT, Director General of the Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp) of the European Commission met in a bilateral meeting to discuss the alignment of EU best practices and policies in the field of competition and State aid and ways to implement them in the Republic of Moldova, as well as the assistance that can be provided by DG Comp for the institutional development of the
   
BID RIGGINGS BY “COMERȚ–GAZ” LLC AND “DOMINIC” LLC DEFINITIVELY CONFIRMED BY THE COURTS
06.10.2022   1928 Views   
The Supreme Court of Justice on 28 September 2022 definitively confirmed the legality and the merits of the decision of the Plenum of the Competition Council as of 30.11.2017.  The Competition Council, through this decision, found the participation with rigged bids of the enterprises "Comerț - Gaz LLC" and "Dominic" LLC in the public tender as of 20.01.2016 organized by the Municipal Enterprise Regia "Autosalubritate". Respectively, for the infringement of Article 5 of the Competition Law, a fine of 2 571.671
“AVIA INVEST” LLC FINED BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL WITH ABOUT 17.48 MILLION MDL FOR INDIRECTLY ACQUIRING CONTROL OVER THE ENTERPRISE “AEROPORT HANDLING” LLC, WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE COUNCIL
18.07.2022   246 Views   
On 30.06.2022, the Competition Council issued the Decision No. DCE 14/20-45, whereby it sanctioned the enterprise "Avia Invest" LLC for the infringement of Article 20 para. (1) and (2) letter b) and Article 22 para (1) of the Competition Law No. 183/2012, by a fine of 17 480 027.66 MDL (seventeen million four hundred and eighty thousand twenty-seven MDL). Within the investigation, the Competition Council analyzed the relations between the enterprises "Avia Invest" LLC (an enterprise that since 2013 manages the patrimonial complex of
   
“AVIA INVEST” LLC FINED WITH 31.21 MILLION MDL BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL
20.06.2022   1782 Views   
On 15.06.2022, the Competition Council fined the company "Avia Invest" LLC(operator of Chisinau International Airport) with 31.21 million MDL for failing to execute on time the previous Council Decision as of 2020.We recall that by the Decision No. APD-37/15-44 as of 17.09.2020 (non-confidential version can be accessed here: https://competition.md/public/files/Decizie-Aviainvestf2a79.pdf), the Competition Council found two abusive practices implemented by "Avia Invest" LLC in relation to "MGH Ground Handling" LLC (one of the enterprises providing ground handling services at Chisinau International Airport).These practices
INFRINGEMENT OF THE COMPETITION LAW, WHICH LED TO A DECREASE OF ALMOST 100 MILLION MDL IN THE AMOUNT OF PAID TAXES INTO THE STATE BUDGET, FOUND BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL
30.05.2022   120 Views   
On 25.05.2022, the Competition Council issued the decision, by which it found the violation of art. 12 of the Competition Law by the SE "Center of Applied Metrology and Certification" (successor of rights of the SE "National Institute of Standardization and Metrology"). The violation consisted in granting a privilege not provided by law to the undertakings 'JLC' JSC, "Incomlac" JSC, "Lactis" JSC and "Factory of Butter in Floresti district" JSC by by misattributing tariff positions for dairy products with foreign
   
The Competition Council dissociates itself from the appeared information in the public space regarding the sanctioning of the undertakings on the oil products market
26.05.2022   231 Views   
In the context of the information appeared in the mass-media on the alleged outcome of the investigation regarding the signs of the competition legislation violation on the oil products market, the Competition Council communicates the following:Currently, the Competition Council is at the stage of preparing the administrative act. As a result, the Plenum of the Competition Council will adopt a decision on the case, which will be a public administrative act, liable to judicial control.Until the moment of examination of
ABUSE BY “APĂ - CANAL CHIȘINĂU” JSC - DEFINITIVELY CONFIRMED BY NATIONAL COURTS
23.05.2022   7183 Views   
The Competition Council has definitively won the case regarding the abuse of a dominant position on behalf of "Apa - Canal Chisinau" JSC. In September 2019, the Council found that "Apa-Canal Chisinau" JSC  illegally applied arbitrarily and differentiated the coefficients when setting additional tariffs/payments for exceeding the maximum allowable concentrations in the discharged wastewater, including by not receiving additional payments from some of the undertakings active in Chisinau mun. and Ialoveni city.The Competition Council has established, by decision of 13.09.2019, that these actions
   
Competition Council on rising prices for vegetable oil
10.05.2022   7421 Views   
In connection with some statements published in the public environment and requests for information received from the Competition Council regarding the increase in the price of vegetable oil, the Council communicates the following:Currently, within the Competition Council, a useful investigation is underway to know the market of marketing and processing of cereal and oilseed crops. That investigation shall be continuous and relevant information on the functioning of the markets investigated shall be regularly updated.As part of this investigation, significant increases
Competition Council comes with clarifications regarding the situation on the food salt market
04.05.2022   6823 Views   
In connection with the significant fluctuations on the food salt market starting with the end of February 2022, the Competition Council has carried out the market analysis and comes with the following information:The Council noted a significant change in the market structure after the start of the military conflict in Ukraine. In the first half of March 2022, a temporary deficit of food salt was found in the Republic of Moldova on the shelves of retail trade units. The lack
   
We continue the series of seminars dedicated to the implementation of the State aid legislation
29.04.2022   6335 Views   
The South Territorial Office of the Competition Council, at the request of the Cahul Territorial Office of the State Chancellery, continued the training seminars with the representatives of the local public authorities of level I and II, within the information campaign on the field of support measures that may constitute state aid under law 139/2012 on state aid. The second joint event with the Cahul Office of the State Chancellery, from the series of seminars was organized with the secretaries
PRIA COMPETITION MOLDOVA Conference
27.04.2022   6397 Views   
The Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova in collaboration with PRIAevents organized on April 27, 2022, the PRIA Competition Moldova conference - an event that brought together all sectors of the economy in the Republic of Moldova directly interested in the fields of IT, industry, health and pharmaceuticals, financial - banking, insurance, retail, energy, telecom, automotive, environment, legal, agriculture, construction and real estate, services and not only.Competition is a vital mechanism of the economy, the Competition Council of the
   
In open dialogue with representatives of the business environment
20.04.2022   6195 Views   
Today, April 20, the President of the Competition Council, Mr. Alexei GHERȚESCU participated in the event "Public Private Dialogue", organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova (CCI of the Republic of Moldova).The meeting was opened with a greeting speech of Mr. Sergiu HAREA, President of the CCI of the Republic of Moldova, who mentioned the challenges and difficulties faced by the business environment, especially as a result of the crises conditioned by the COVID-19
Seminars dedicated to the implementation of state aid legislation
19.04.2022   6037 Views   
Between 19-27 of April, at the invitation of the Cahul Territorial Office of the State Chancellery, the Competition Council will conduct training seminars for the secretaries of the local councils from the districts of Cahul (19.04.2022), Cantemir (20.04.2022) and Taraclia (27.04.2022).These seminars are held with the representatives of the local public administration authorities within the framework of an information campaign on issues related to the application of state aid legislation. In particular, are addressed various aspects related to the notification
   
THE COMPETITION COUNCIL DEFINITIVELY WINS THREE CASES ON THE SAME DAY
15.04.2022   6963 Views   
The Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) on 13.04.2022 definitively confirmed the legality and validity of three decisions of the Competition Council s Plenum, which found the Competition Law violations:On 05.05.2018, the Council s Plenum issued the decision, by which it found the violation of art. 5 of the Competition Law by "Lisnic Grup" LLC and Mixacon-Lux LLC. Respectively, it was found that these undertakings in November 2017 participated with bid riggings at the tender organized by the Information Technologies Service
THE COMPETITION COUNCIL RAISED COMPETITION CONCERNS ABOUT THE DRAFT DECISION OF THE NATIONAL AGENCY FOR ENERGY REGULATION ON THE APPROVAL OF THE NATURAL GAS TRADING PLATFORM
31.03.2022   200 Views   
The Competition Council examined the draft decision of the National Agency for Energy Regulation (ANRE) on the approval of the natural gas trading platform, operated by "BRM East Energy" LLC. This platform is an electronic trading platform, through which offers for the purchase / sale of natural gas can be placed and accepted. The creation of such a platform is stipulated in the Natural Gas Networks Code, which was approved by ANRE Decision no. 4020/2019.Respectively, it was proposed, for a period
   
Strengthening dialogue and cooperation relations with AmCham Moldova
18.03.2022   6011 Views   
On March 18, the President of the Competition Council, Mr. Alexei GHERȚESCU, had a meeting with the members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova (AmCham Moldova).During the meeting, topics with reference to legislative and competitive policy issues, public communication and transparency, promotion of the competitive culture were approached and discussed.The event emphasizes the openness and interest of both the Competition Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova (AmCham Moldova) to engage in a future continuous dialogue in order to align public and private priorities
Competition Council investigates the situation on the oil products market
11.03.2022   6312 Views   
Taking into account the evolution of the situation on the oil products market in recent times, the Competition Council comes with the following specification:Taking into account the attributions established by the Competition Law no. 183/2012, the Competition Council carries out a continuous process of monitoring the competitive environment, the attention being directed in particular to the markets that are of particular importance for the national economy and for the well-being of the final consumers.With regard to the developments in the
   
Promoting the competitive culture among the LPAs
21.02.2022   5737 Views   
At the request of the director of the "Apa-Canal Cahul" JSC, the South Territorial Office within the Competition Council, on February 18, this year, organized a training seminar on issues related to the state aid notification for local public authorities that are to transmit or have transmitted in economic management free of charge goods, subsidies or other support measures to the "Apa-Canal Cahul" JSC. At the same time, the Competition Council reiterated the need for the correct application of the provisions
   
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