Region: Romania

Top Romanian court upholds Vodafone abuse fine

Romania’s highest court has affirmed a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog to sanction Vodafone for abuse of dominance after it blocked a rival’s access to its telecommunications networks.

22 November 2021

Top Romanian court applies ECJ ruling to grocery cartel

Romania’s highest court has ruled that the country’s statute of limitations did not prevent the national competition enforcer from imposing an €11.3 million price-fixing fine on Metro Cash & Carry Romania.

19 October 2021

EU clears Orange acquisition with remedies

The European Commission has cleared Orange’s €268 million acquisition of Telekom Romania, subject to the latter divesting its 30% minority shareholding in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications.

29 July 2021

Boutique launches and economic consultancies expand in Europe

Two lawyers have set up an antitrust boutique in Romania, while Competition Economists Group has opened an office in Zurich and a former competition expert at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has moved into private practice.

25 May 2021

E.ON subsidiary fined for self-preferencing in Romania

Romania’s Competition Council has fined an E.ON subsidiary €6.1 million for abusing its dominance in the natural gas distribution services market by refusing to grant rivals access to an essential database.

10 May 2021

Romania probes Samsung and key retailers for RPM

Romania’s Competition Council has raided the local Samsung subsidiary alongside the country’s top electronics retailers as it probes potential resale price maintenance agreements.

09 April 2021

Romania launches medical waste probe following sector study and raids

The Romanian Competition Council has begun investigating eight medical waste treatment and disposal companies over suspicions they divided the market and conspired to block new entrants.

19 March 2021

Romania sanctions wood processing cartel

Romania’s antitrust watchdog has fined 31 logging companies a total of €26.6 million for rigging bids to purchase wood plots from the country’s national forest authority.

25 January 2021

EU’s highest court warns of underenforcement due to limitation periods

National competition regimes that do not pause the statute of limitations while an antitrust authority conducts an investigation may present a “systemic risk” that anticompetitive conduct goes unpunished, the European Court of Justice has said.

22 January 2021

Romania sanctions information exchange cartel

The Romanian antitrust watchdog has fined a finance association and 16 of its members a total of €8.47 million for exchanging commercially sensitive information.

15 January 2021

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