Region: Czech Republic

Czech lawyers sound alarm over “far-reaching” and “controversial” reforms

Czech lawyers have said the national competition authority has yielded to political pressure by seeking an “unprecedented cocktail” of reforms following criticisms it failed to tackle rising food prices.

16 January 2024

Czech Republic

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Local lawmakers have provisionally empowered the Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition to use police wiretap evidence in cartel investigations – meaning antitrust lawyers and their clients could soon see an increase in enforcement.

15 December 2023

Arçelik fined for obstructing dawn raid

Arçelik subsidiary Beko is challenging a €556,960 fine issued by the Czech Republic’s competition watchdog for obstructing a dawn raid during a resale price-fixing probe.

21 November 2023

Czech meal voucher cartel fine annulled over legal overlap error

An €11.4 million fine imposed on a Czech meal vouchers cartel should be recalculated due to “formal shortcomings” in the penalty calculation by the country's antitrust authority, its chair has said.

01 November 2023

Czech enforcer closes first labour market probe

Two Czech travel agency associations have agreed to stop encouraging members to use non-compete clauses to end the national competition authority’s first labour market investigation.

23 October 2023

Czech enforcer issues first merger block in 18 years

The Czech Republic’s Office for the Protection of Competition has issued its first merger prohibition since 2005, concluding Czech Post’s takeover of a rival would give the state-owned company a dominant position in several markets.

13 June 2023

Czech Republic penalises more RPM agreements

The Czech Republic’s antitrust enforcer has fined a local distributor €1.26 million for pressuring its retail network to increase the prices at which they sold various consumer electronics, as the agency continues a widespread crackdown on resale price maintenance.

17 May 2023

Czech lawmakers look to allow police wiretaps as cartel evidence

Czech lawmakers have provisionally empowered the national antitrust watchdog to use the contents of police wiretaps as evidence in cartel investigations, as part of the country’s wider transposition of the ECN+ Directive into national law.

09 May 2023

Czech enforcer secures end to Honeywell tying practice

Honeywell has agreed not to force individuals to purchase its alarm systems as a precondition for participating in one of its training programmes, settling an abuse of dominance investigation by the Czech Republic’s antitrust authority.

13 March 2023

Slovakian appellate council annuls €8.6 million bid-rigging fine

The appellate body of Slovakia’s antitrust enforcer has annulled one of the agency’s largest-ever fines, branding its decision in a bid-rigging case unreviewable and ordering the enforcer to resume its investigation.

01 February 2023

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