Commission for Protection of Competition
Instituted Proceeding against “B2M” LLC, “Grafo Trade” LLC, “Trgodunav” LLC, “Master Clean Express” LLC, and JSC CI “Panonija“

kzk-ekofIn accordance with competences from Article 35 of the Law on Protection of Competition, the Commission for Protection of Competition has instituted proceeding for investigating competition infringement ex officio against companies “B2M” LLC – Belgrade, “Grafo Trade” LLC – Belgrade, “Trgodunav” LLC – Belgrade, “Master Clean Express” LLC – Palić, and JSC CI “Panonija“ – Pančevo.

As part of the proceeding, authorized officials of the Commission for Protection of Competition have conducted dawn raids on several locations of the listed undertakings in Belgrade, with the goal of collecting additional information.

During the proceeding, the Commission will investigate if the listed companies, as bidders participating in the public procurement tendering for the provision of consumables for individual and collective hygiene maintenance issued by the Ministry of Defense, have colluded as per sale prices and other trade related conditions to be implemented on the public procurement market.

All persons in possession of data, documentation or other relevant information that might contribute to the fact-finding in this proceeding are called upon to submit the said to the Commission for Protection of Competition to the address: 25/IV Savska St., Belgrade.

CONCLUSION on instituting proceeding ex officio – B2M LLC – TRGODUNAV LLC – GRAFO TRADE LLC – MASTER CLEAN EXPRESS LLC – JSC CI PANONIJA
Romanian Ambassador Visits Commission

kzk-ekofPresident of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Dr. Miloje Obradović, received a visit of the Romanian Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Oana-Cristina Popa.

Dr. Obradović introduced Ambassador Popa to current activities, as well as plans of the Commission for Protection of Competition directed toward advancing and promoting competition policy in our country.

During the talks, President Obradović emphasized that excellent cooperation achieved by the Commission for Protection of Competition with the Romanian Competition Council, this year resulted in the Romanian competition authority titled as the honorable “Guest host” during the Competition Day of Serbia, ultimately results in more qualitative development of the institution he heads. This cooperation is of particular importance bearing in mind the fact that the Romanian Competition Council this year marks the 20th year operations anniversary, with the first ten years operating as an authority of the EU accession country, while during the last decade as its member.

To this effect, both parties jointly identified the need for intensive cooperation between the two authorities to be further advanced. The meeting was also attended by Marko Obradović, member of the Council of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Mihaela Osorio, Deputy Head of Mission, and Stefan Imre, Minister Counselor at Embassy of Romania in Belgrade.

Commission at the Annual Conference of the International Competition Network

kzk-ekofThe 16th Annual conference of the International Competition Network (ICN) held in Portugal was attended by Mr. Čedomir Radojčić, member of the Council of the Commission for Protection of Competition.

Nominated topics of this year’s conference of the International Competition Network, comprising of competition authorities from around the world as its members, are chosen in accordance with current challenges arising from the implementation of competition policy. In such manner, more than 600 participants had an opportunity to share experiences from the competition policy implementation processes. Activities that might contribute to increasing successfulness of leniency programs were particularly discussed, as well as tools that might enhance competition advocacy related efforts.

The focus of discussions were placed on transformed conditions of competition authorities’ operational activities brought by globalization and new technologies, bearing in mind the practice demonstrating that globalization is leading towards increased protectionism in developed economies, while the new digital age is also bringing considerable changes in the notion of competition, since in the Internet-operated world, monopolistic position is becoming the rule, rather than the exception.

kzk-ekofAt the special ceremony held during the conference, the Commission for Protection of Competition received the Honorable Mention Award of the 2016-2017 Competition Advocacy Contest – Elevating Competition Policies in Economic Policy Agendas: “Innovative Advocacy Strategies to Address Market Challenges”, launched by the International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group (WBG). Submitted story, written by Ms. Gordana Bulatović, Chief of Staff to the Office of the Commission President and Coordinator of the International Cooperation Affairs of the Commission, was entered into one of the categories presented – “Implementing advocacy strategies at multiple levels (regional, national, subnational – economic wide and sector specific)”.

This year’s conference program that gathered more than 600 representatives of competition authorities worldwide, is jointly prepared by the International Competition Network (ICN) and the Portuguese Competition Authority (AdC).

President of the Commission at the Conference “Structural Reforms and the Role of Regulatory Authorities”

kzk-ekofPresident of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Dr. Miloje Obradović, has presented a research paper on the topic: “The role of the Commission for Protection of Competition in the economic and regulatory reforms: Current trends and future challenges” during the academic conference entitled “Structural reforms and the role of regulatory authorities in Serbia”. The coauthors of this research paper were Dr. Siniša Milošević, Head of the Deparmetn for Economic Inquiries of the Commission, and Dr. Dragan Lončar, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.

In his address, Dr. Obradović presented main elements on the functioning of the Commission for Protection of Competition, in addition to the main provisions of the Law on Protection of Competition. Particular emphasis was placed on the cooperation with regulatory authorities and public institutions and organizations, but also on directions of future developments concerning competition policy in Serbia, keeping in mind the elements of the European Commission’s new draft directive aimed toward enhancing operations of the EU competition authority.

The main goal of the academic conference entitled “Structural reforms and the role of regulatory authorities” was to present research results as potential contributions to creating a favorable institutional framework and foundations for more efficient economic development of Serbia. The organizer of this event was the Scientific Society of Economists of Serbia, in cooperation with the Academy of Economic Studies and Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.

The conference was attended by the University of Belgrade’s professors, representatives of independent and regulatory authorities, as well as independent economic experts.