Commission for Protection of Competition
Signed Memorandum of Cooperation with the Belgrade Faculty of Law

kzk-ekofPresident of the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Miloje Obradović and Dean of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Professor Dr. Sima Avramović, have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Commission for Protection of Competition and Belgrade Faculty of Law.

The Memorandum of Cooperation defines founding of the professional and educational cooperation between these two institutions in the area of competition policy via organizing seminars, hosting lectures of the Commission’s experts, joint thematic workshops, developing student internship program, joint publishing activities from the competition area, etc.

The Memorandum of Cooperation signed with the Belgrade Faculty of Law is a third agreement of this kind the Commission has signed with the university community members.

The signed document shall enable investing joint efforts in promoting and advocating for competition policy and raising knowledge levels in the area of competition law, in addition to achieving more qualitative education of students toward attaining the set objectives.

Commission Representatives Participated in the National Convention on the EU

kzk-ekofWorking group session of the National Convention on the EU, monitoring negotiations on Chapter 8-Competition policy, is held in the organization of NALED.

During the session, representatives of the Commission for Protection of Competition – Čedomir Radojčić, Council member, and Ljiljana Pavlović, Head of the Department for legal affairs, held a lecture reflecting the topic of “Competition regulations – need for further advancements in the legal framework”, while Dr. Siniša Milošević, Head of the Department for economic inquiries, addressed the topic of “Role and importance of economic inquiries and relevant data in the competition policy implementation”.

NCEU Working group session was an opportunity to present the role and practice to date of the Commission for Protection of Competition, as well as to draw attention to challenges in implementing competition policy during the accession of Serbia into the European Union.

Working group session participants concluded on the necessity to continue with monitoring activities concerning competition policy. The importance of such meetings, as well as mutual informing and acting was particularly mentioned, achieved toward more qualitative fulfillment of agreed issues and forthwith opening of Chapter 8.

This session represented a unique opportunity to gather representatives of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Commission for State Aid Control, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, as well as civil society representatives. Prof. Dr. Sanja Danković, Head of the Chapter 8 Negotiation Team, also held a lecture during the session.

National Convention on the EU is a permanent body for thematically structured debate on Serbian accession into the European Union, between representatives of the governmental bodies, political parties, NGOs, experts, syndicates and representatives of professional organizations.

Commission Selected for Honorable Mention by the International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group

kzk-ekofCommission for Protection of Competition is this year’s Honorable Mention recipient to 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 International Cooperation of the Commission, was entered into one of categories presented – “Implementing advocacy strategies at multiple levels (regional, national, subnational, economic wide and sector specific)”.

The Commission’s story presented with this prestige award, relates to implementing competition advocacy with the state authorities, where objective of the Commission activities is directed towards amending legal provisions favoring public enterprises and limiting other undertakings’ access to utility services market.

The selection panel emphasized that the awarded story undoubtedly showcased the important role that competition authority can play in promoting competitive neutrality vis-à-vis all market participants.

The recognition is awarded by the Advocacy Contest selection panel, comprising of reputable experts for competition issues of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Competition Network (ICN). The award ceremony will take place during the ICN Annual Conference in Portugal, on May 11. The Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia is one of more than 140 members of the International Competition Network (ICN).

This already traditional annual contest aims to highlight the key role competition agencies play in promoting competition by showcasing their advocacy success stories.

The list of all awarded stories per categories is available on the World Bank Group website http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/10/24/the-2016—2017-competition-advocacy-contest#4

Commission Conditionally Approved Implementation of Concentration between Serbia Broadband – Srpske kablovske mreže LLC and Interaktivne kablovske objedinjene mreže – I.KOM LLC

kzk-ekofCommission for Protection of Competition conditionally approved implementation of concentration created by acquisition of control on the part of Serbia Broadband – Srpske kablovske mreže LLC over Interaktivne kablovske objedinjene mreže – I.KOM LLC.

Based on the established facts, the Commission Decision recognized that the straightening of dominant position on the part of SBB company will occur only on the retail market of media content distribution services. For that reason, implementation of this concentration is approved, subject to the determined conditions.

SBB company will conduct a disinvestment within the set deadline, that is, sell parallel secondary network infrastructure on the territory of the City of Belgrade, where exist horizontal overlaps between related concentration parties.

The decision also sets conditions relating to the mandatory regular reporting on potential changes in retail prices of media content services provided via SBB basic package, as well as on the causes and intensity of related changes, in the duration of two years effective from the validity day of the decision.

SBB company is also ordered to offer current IKOM company service users the alternative possibilities when concluding new contracts, as per their choice, namely: Contract for an indefinite period offered by SBB to current or potential new users in line with the valid regular terms and conditions, or Contract for a fixed term offered to current or potential new users in line with the valid promotional terms and conditions.

During investigation proceeding, the Commission collected all necessary data, information and opinions on the concentration effects from competing parties to the concentration participants, in addition to the emitters and independent regulatory authorities competent for data considered relevant to this proceeding.

18th International Conference on Competition in Berlin

kzk-ekofFrom March 15-17, the German competition authority Bundeskartellamt organized its 18th International Conference on Competition in Berlin, a traditional biennially held event that is one of the most renowned events on competition policy.

The topic of this year’s conference related to various aspects and challenges in competition policy implementation deriving from market digitalization and globalization. The keynote speakers opening the conference were Mr. Andreas Mundt (see the picture), President of Bundeskartellamt, Ms. Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Ms. Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, and Dr Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post JSC. The conference was attended by numerous international competition authorities’ senior representatives, EU courts judges, anti-trust jurists, professors, politicians, international companies’ representatives, etc. Ms. Gordana Lukić (see the picture), Special Advisor, represented the Serbian Commission on the occasion.

The conference also presented an opportunity to discuss on the possibilities and directions for further development of current successful cooperation between the Commission and Bundeskartellamt.

Several panels were held during the conference covering the topics: Size or competition – What drives innovation and investment?; Platforms, networks, big data – Do competition authorities get it right?; Economic theory – Ready for the digital world?, and Modern cartel enforcement – Yesterday’s success stories – tomorrow’s failures?. The Commission representative also participated in the workshop foremost dedicated to the young competition authorities, covering issues of the successful advocacy program strategies, as well as priorities, aims and procedures relating to market analysis and sector inquiries.