Region: Slovakia

Slovakian enforcer reimposes fines on bid-rigging cartel

Slovakia’s competition authority has ordered a construction cartel to pay a €7.2 million fine, eight months after its original infringement decision was overturned on appeal.

25 September 2023

Slovakia issues record €21 million gun-jumping fine

A business owned by Slovakia’s former prime minister must pay a €21 million gun-jumping fine for acquiring two bakeries without notifying the country’s competition authority.

20 July 2023

Slovakian enforcer gains new chair

Local lawyers are hopeful that Juraj Beňa’s appointment as head of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic will usher in a “new phase” of antitrust enforcement in the country.

03 March 2023

Slovakian foreign investment regime goes live

Slovakia’s new foreign investment review regime has taken effect, requiring the country’s economics ministry to sign off on all investments from outside the EU into several “critical” domestic markets.

02 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

Slovakia issues rare fine against construction cartel

Slovakia’s competition authority has imposed an €8.6 million fine on three companies that rigged bids for an energy infrastructure construction contract, in one of the agency’s highest-ever penalty decisions.

11 January 2022


Featured in GCR 100 2022

Local antitrust lawyers are expecting an uptick in work after a new competition act came into force in June 2021, which implemented the provisions of the ECN+ directive and now empowers Slovakia’s Antimonopoly Office to adopt interim measures.

10 December 2021

ECJ rules Slovak Telecom fines can still stand

Separate abuse of dominance fines imposed by Slovakia's competition enforcer and the European Commission on Slovak Telekom did not breach EU law, because they related to conduct in different markets, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

26 February 2021


Featured in GCR 100 2021

The Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic is one of Europe’s quieter enforcers, but the country’s competition bar continues to advise on state aid matters and provide antitrust counselling.

11 December 2020

Slovakia annuls car sales cartel fines

The internal appeal tribunal at Slovakia’s competition authority has annulled a €9.3 million fine that the authority imposed on 15 companies for participating in a car sales cartel.

23 August 2019

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