Commission for Protection of Competition
Commission Representative at the Professional Development Program in Japan

kzk-ekofRepresentative of the Commission for Protection of Competition Vladimir Antonijević, Senior Advisor in the Competition Infringements Division, has attended a three-week professional development program in Japan, provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA in cooperation with the Japan Fair Trade Commission – JFTC.

The objective of this professional development seminar was to advance the implementation of competition law and policy, in addition to enabling the use of acquired know-hows toward more efficient promotion of competitive environment on the markets of program participating countries. The professional development program has encompassed all segments of competition law and policy, including both theoretical and practical implementation.

This year’s professional development program has gathered 22 representatives of competition authorities from 17 countries, while JICA has organized this type of seminars since 1994.

Student Internship Program at the Commission

kzk-ekofCommission for Protection of Competition has organized for the first time, a summer internship program intended for competition policy-related professional development of graduate and postgraduate students of law and economic studies from Universities of Belgrade, Kragujevac and Niš.

A series of lectures and workshops will be held during the internship program, enabling students to familiarize with competences and working methods of the Commission, gain basic knowledge on competition infringement detection methods, market concentration investigation methodology and preparation of economic inquiries, along with other operational aspects of this institution, including cooperation with other national competition authorities, international and domestic organizations, as well as competition advocacy tools used by the Commission.

It is expected that initiation of student internship program implementation in the Commission will contribute to raising levels of students’ competition policy theoretical knowledge and related practical implementation, as well as for the promotion of competition policy in the academic community.

Internship program enabling professional development and practical training of students in the competition policy and law area will be implemented throughout the month, and is organized pursuant to previously signed memoranda on cooperation between the Commission and aforementioned institutions.

Internship program is organized and headed by dr Siniša Milošević, Head of Economic Analysis Division.

Commission Determines Measure for Protection of Competition against Company „Prointer IT Solutions and Services“ for Implementation of Unapproved Concentration

kzk-ekofBased on submitted information, the Commission for Protection of Competition has instituted proceedings ex officio for investigating concentration created by acquisition of individual control on the part of company „Prointer IT Solutions and Services“ LLC Beograd, over company “Alti” LLC Čačak.

In the course of investigation procedure is established that the concentration is implemented without received prior approval of the Commission, thus violating the Law on Protection of Competition, and consequently resulting in determining measure for protection of competition against company „Prointer IT Solutions and Services“ LLC in the amount of 6.7 million dinars.

When determining the amount of related measure, the Commission has considered that said concentration would not cause adverse consequences and would be approved, if notified pursuant to legal obligation.

Signed Memorandum on Cooperation with the Faculty of Economics in Niš

kzk-ekofMember of the Council of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Marko Obradović, and Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Niš, Prof. dr sc. Jadranka Đurović Todorović, have signed the Memorandum on Cooperation between the Commission for Protection of Competition and the Faculty of Economics in Niš.

Memorandum on Cooperation defines the establishment of expert and educational cooperation between these two institutions in the competition policy area via organization of seminars, guest lecture series of the Commission’s experts, joint thematic workshops at the Institute of the Faculty of Economics in Niš, establishing academic internship programs and joint publishing activities in the competition policy area.

Signed document will enable joint activities to be placed on the promotion of competition policy and raising awareness of its significance within the academic and broader general public, to be achieved in cooperation with the Business Cooperation Center of Niš, in addition to introducing an academic course in the field of competition policy as an elective for Masters level students.

Memorandum on Cooperation with the Faculty of Economics in Niš is the fourth such agreement of the Commission signed with the academic community representatives.

Study Visit of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Representatives to the CPC

kzk-ekofCommission for Protection of Competition hosted a delegation of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation in a three-day Study visit. FAS delegation, comprised of Ms. Elena Vladimirovna Beresneva, Advisor in the Department for Control over Chemical Industry and Agro-industrial Complex, and Ms. Julia Alekseyevna Haptaeva, Head Advisor in the Organizational and Analytical Department of the FAS Buryatia Regional Office, has been introduced with the organizational and operational structure of the Commission.

In the course of the Study visit, a series of lectures and workshops has been held during which employees of the Commission have shared experiences in regard to operational activities in detecting competition infringements, investigating market concentrations and preparing economic inquiries. Particular attention was placed on presenting proceedings that the Commission has conducted during the previous period, mainly concerning cases of prohibited agreements and abuses of dominance, as well as their influence on achieving equal conditions for all undertakings on specific markets. Also, cases of investigation proceedings conducted during the previous period by the Competition Infringements Division have been presented, in addition to the findings of economic inquiries, as well as operational plans of the Economic Inquiry Division.

This is the second Study visit of the FAS representatives to the Commission, organized pursuant to the Agreement on Cooperation signed during 2012 between the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation and the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia. In accordance with the above-mentioned Agreement, seminars and training courses have been previously organized in the FAS Training Center in Kazan for the Commission Administrative and Professional Service staff, in addition to the previous year’s Study visit of the Russian colleagues in Serbia.

The visit is estimated as an outstanding manner of achieving bilateral cooperation between competition authorities and extremely useful tool towards accomplishing the exchange of experiences between employees of the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation.