Region: Romania

Romania amends competition law to tackle unjustified price hikes

The Romanian government has adopted emergency legislation that empowers the national antitrust authority to investigate unjustified price hikes and abuses of superior bargaining position under its competition law for the first time.

01 July 2022

Romania sanctions drugmakers €71 million for supply restrictions

Romania’s antitrust watchdog has fined five pharmaceutical companies and a drug association a combined €71 million for restricting the supply of immunoglobulin medications.

15 February 2022

Romania launches first labour market probe

Romania’s antitrust watchdog is investigating seven automotive engineering and technology providers for alleged no-poach and wage-fixing agreements, in the agency’s first probe into labour markets.

01 February 2022


Featured in GCR 100 2022

Romanian competition lawyers have their hands full opposite an active national enforcer that has established a strong reputation and often works on matters that overlap with those before the European Commission.

10 December 2021

Romania opens abuse of dominance probe into Boehringer Ingelheim

Romania’s Competition Council has raided one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies due to concerns it may have unlawfully induced consumers and healthcare professionals to buy and prescribe its own drugs instead of those made by rivals.

07 December 2021

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

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