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AMENDMENTS TO LAW NO. 139/2012 ON STATE AID - VOTED IN FIRST READING
23.10.2023   2401 Views   
On 19 October 2023, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova voted in the first reading the amendments to the Law No. 139/2012 on State Aid.The main objective of this project was to increase the de minimis aid thresholds from 2 to 5 million MDL and up to 10 million MDL for Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI). This will ensure easier access to State support for enterprises, in line with EU rules.Other amendments concern some adjustments of the national
Business associations from Moldova – in dialogue with competition authorities of the Republic of Moldova and the European Union
12.10.2023   1255 Views   
On 05 October 2023, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova hosted a round table which gathered representatives of the European Commission, business associations from Moldova and the national competition authority.The purpose of the meeting was to exchange views on the competition policies in the EU and in the Republic of Moldova, amendments to the relevant legal framework in Moldova, main challenges faced by Moldovan business in its relations with the Competition Council, etc. These issues were discussed in
   
2023 PRIA COMPETITION MOLDOVA: Competition in the Republic of Moldova and European prospects
12.10.2023   2668 Views   
On October 06, 2023, a new edition of the International Conference "PRIA COMPETITION MOLDOVA 2023" took place in Chisinau, Republic of MOLDOVA. Competition as a vital mechanism for the good functioning of the economy as well as the state of competition in the Republic of Moldova in the face of current challenges were among the main topics discussed during the event.The conference organized by PRIA Events, in cooperation with the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova, gathered under its
Representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG Competition) in a working visit to the Competition Council
12.10.2023   536 Views   
On October 05, 2023, the representatives of the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova headed by its President, Alexei GHERTESCU, had a working meeting with the DG Competition delegation led by Mr. Alexander WINTERSTEIN - Head of Unit, DG Competition - Communications Policy, accompanied by Ms Kalypso THOMOPOULOU, International Relations Officer, DG Competition.During the event, the representatives of the European Commission presented the key elements of DG Competition, namely: its organizational structure, the functional processes within DG Competition, the
   
THE SECOND SESSION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL OF ROMANIA ON THE TRANSFER OF EXPERTISE IN THE PROCESS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
25.09.2023   583 Views   
The second session of technical assistance provided by the Competition Council of Romania was held in Chisinau between 18-22 September, in order to implement the measures proposed by the European Commission in its Opinion on the application for accession of the Republic of Moldova to the European Union and to align the national legislation with the EU acquis.The purpose of the event was to provide assistance and legal expertise for the preparation of the screening of the regulatory acts in
ENFORCEMENT OF COMPETITION LAW BY THE COURTS: THE COMPETITION AUTHORITY’S PERSPECTIVE
22.09.2023   2358 Views   
On 21 September 2023, the President of the Competition Council, Alexei GHERȚESCU, participated in the event dedicated to "Judicial Review of Competition Decisions in the EU", organized within the International Workshop "Fundamentals of EU Competition Law". The President of the Competition Council presented to the public the new provisions of the Competition Law No. 183/2012, which entered into force on 18 September 2023, the enforcement systems of competition law and shared the existing challenges in the application of competition law by
   
NEW PROVISIONS OF THE COMPETITION LAW - IN FORCE FROM TODAY
18.09.2023   2569 Views   
On 18 September 2023, the new provisions of the Competition Law No. 183/2012 entered into force. The amendment of the Competition Law No. 183/2012 was made in order to implement the international commitments undertaken by the Republic of Moldova, in the context of obtaining the candidate country status for accession to the European Union and the Association Programme between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova 2021-2027.Thereby, to maintain and harmonise the national regulatory framework to ensure free competition
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL OF ROMANIA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RAILWAY REGULATORY BODY IN THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
06.09.2023   622 Views   
Between 4-6 September 2023, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova hosted the first session of technical assistance of the Competition Council of Romania, held in the context of the support opportunity provided by Romania through the secondment of experts to Chisinau, in order to implement the measures proposed by the European Commission in its Opinion on the application of the Republic of Moldova for accession to the European Union, but also with regard to the alignment of national
   
COMPETITION COUNCIL AT THE 21ST SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD)
21.07.2023   636 Views   
Between 5 and 7 July 2023, the President of the Competition Council, Alexei GHERȚESCU, attends the 21st Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) dealing with competition law and policy, in Geneva, Swiss Confederation.The conference addresses topics such as: enforcement issues in the case of monopolies; the interaction between competition and industrial policies; competition law and policy and sustainability; review of capacity building and technical assistance in the field of competition law
DRAFT AMENDMENT TO THE LAW ON STATE AID SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE COMPETITION COUNCIL
30.05.2023   2466 Views   
Draft amendment of the Law on State Aid submitted to the Government by the Competition Council.For the purpose of adjusting the national regulatory framework in the field of State aid to the European Union rules and implementing the actions set out in the Government Action Plan for 2023 approved by Government Decision No. 90/2023, the Competition Council has developed proposals to amend Law No. 139/2012 on State Aid.An important innovative element foreseen in the draft law is the proposal that
   
HARMONISATION OF STATE AID LEGISLATION WITH THE EU ACQUIS DISCUSSED AT A WORKING SESSION ORGANISED BY THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DIGITISATION
30.05.2023   736 Views   
The Competition Council presented its opinion and recommendations on the draft law aimed at modifying the de minimis aid ceiling during the working session organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Digitisation on 25 May 2023.At the meeting, reports were presented on the impact assessment of the current regulations in the field of de minimis aid and the macroeconomic analysis of the socio-economic environment and developments/changes in the Republic of Moldova in 2018, as well as the economic policy
International workshop dedicated to state aid, leniency policy and communication held in Chisinau, between 23-25 May 2023
25.05.2023   2485 Views   
Between May 23-25, 2023, the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova hosted a large-scale event: "Workshop dedicated to State Aid, Whistleblowing & Leniency and Communication". The event brought together specialists and experts from the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Hungary under its auspices.The Workshop agenda included a series of discussion panels and exchange of experience within the participants discussed the best European practices and shared their knowledge and experience in the field of State Aid,
   
THE COMPETITION COUNCIL PARTICIPATED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW REGIONAL COOPERATION PLATFORM IN THE FIELD OF COMPETITION POLICY
27.04.2023   723 Views   
On 18-19 April 2023, the delegation of the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova led by Alexei GHERȚESCU, the President of the Competition Council, participated in the procedure for the establishment of the regional platform for cooperation in the field of competition, which was attended by the heads of the competition authorities of 10 Central and Eastern European countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, the 2 candidate countries for accession to the European Union
SIGNING OF THE MEMORANDUM ON REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF COMPETITION POLICY BETWEEN THE COMPETITION AUTHORITIES OF THE CANDIDATE COUNTRIES FOR ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
19.04.2023   651 Views   
Signing of the MEMORANDUM OF REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF COMPETITION POLICY between the competition authorities of the candidate countries for accession to the European Union, namely the Competition Council of the Republic of Moldova and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, and the national competition authorities of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.We strongly believe that this agreement will launch new opportunities and provide effective solutions to develop the national legal framework harmonised with
   
AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATION ON UNFAIR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES ENTER INTO FORCE
01.03.2023   2577 Views   
On 26 February 2023, amendments to the legislation on unfair commercial practices entered into force.These amendments, first of all, introduced a new chapter (Chapter V2) into the Law No. 231/2010 on Internal Trade, which regulates in detail a wide range of actions constituting unfair commercial practices in relations between suppliers of agricultural products and foodstuffs and purchasers (who buy agricultural products and foodstuffs, excluding the final consumer).The new legislative provisions, adopted in order to counteract the negative effects of unfair
DISPUTES AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES ENDS, AFTER ALMOST 8 YEARS, WITH A FINAL VICTORY FOR THE COMPETITION COUNCIL
06.02.2023   1904 Views   
On 01.02.2023, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled by its irrevocable decisions (No. 3ra-751/221and No. 3ra-898/222) in favour of the Competition Council in 2 court cases concerning the field of external motor third party liability insurance.In 2014, following the investigation conducted on the market of issuing and marketing of international insurance certificates "Green Card" it was found that 5 insurance companies ("Moldasig" JSC, "Asito" JSC, "Donaris Group" JSC, "Victoria Asigurări" JSC and "Klassika Asigurări" JSC) violated the Law on Competition
   
THE COMPETITION COUNCIL HAS OPENED AN INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE SIGNS OF ABUSE OF A DOMINANT POSITION BY THE OPERATOR OF THE DIGITAL APPS YANDEX GO AND YANDEX PRO
23.01.2023   800 Views   
On 23.01.2023, the Plenum of the Competition Council ordered the initiation of an investigation into signs of abuse of a dominant position by the company operating the digital applications Yandex Go and Yandex Pro used in the provision and use of taxi services.The investigation was initiated after preliminary examination of a complaint lodged with the Competition Council in early December 2022.As part of the investigation, the Competition Council is to conduct a detailed analysis of the relevant markets, determine whether
   
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