Commission for Protection of Competition
The commission initiated proceedings against the company Ananas E-Commerce due to an undeclared concentration

kzkThe Commission for the Protection of Competition ex officio initiated proceedings against the company ANANAS E-COMMERCE doo Beograd, for the purpose of investigating the concentration that was carried out even though it was not approved in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Competition, and which, according to the well-founded assumption, resulted from the acquisition of control by company ANANAS E-COMMERCE over the company VEBSPOT DOOEL Skopje.

In the examination procedure, the Commission will evaluate the criteria prescribed by the Law (Art. 19 of the Law on Protection of Competition) which determines the permissibility of the concentration, and in particular, the circumstance that it is an implemented and unreported concentration, which was the obligation of market participants. The law stipulates that concentrations of market participants are allowed, unless they would significantly limit, impair or prevent competition on the market of the Republic of Serbia, and especially if that limitation, impairment or prevention would be the result of creating or strengthening a dominant position.

The Commission will determine the important facts, evidence and other elements on which it will base its decision regarding the possible determination of a measure to protect competition, that is, a measure of deconcentration.

With the conclusion that initiated the procedure, all persons who have data, documents or other relevant information that can contribute to the establishment of the correct factual situation in this procedure are invited to submit them without delay to the Commission for the Protection of Competition at the address 25/IV Savska Street, Belgrade.

A workshop was held on the preparation of a business compliance program with competition protection regulations in Niš.

kzkCPC Commission for the protection of competition in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia (PKS) held the third presentation of the Guidelines for the development of a program of business compliance with regulations on the protection of competition in Niš.

In order to help market participants in the process of adopting a compliance program, the Commission, through these workshops and guidelines, briefly describes and explains certain “steps” in adopting such programs as well as competition protection rules.

The next workshop will be held on November 15 at the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the South Bačka administrative district in Novi Sad.

Initiated proceedings due to undeclared concentrations against the company Dobergard

kzkThe Commission for the Protection of Competition ex officio initiated proceedings against the company Dobergard DOO Beograd, for the purpose of investigating the concentration that was carried out even though it was not approved in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Competition, and which, according to the well-founded assumption, resulted from the acquisition of control by company Dobergard over the company Sparta Security DOO and over the company Protecta Group DOO Beograd.

In the examination procedure, the Commission will evaluate the criteria prescribed by the Law (Art. 19 of the Law on Protection of Competition) which determines the permissibility of the concentration, and in particular, the circumstance that it is an implemented and unreported concentration, which was the obligation of market participants. The law stipulates that concentrations of market participants are allowed, unless they would significantly limit, impair or prevent competition on the market of the Republic of Serbia, and especially if that limitation, impairment or prevention would be the result of creating or strengthening a dominant position.

The Commission will determine the important facts, evidence and other elements on which it will base its decision regarding the possible determination of a measure to protect competition, that is, a measure of deconcentration.

With the conclusion that initiated the procedure, all persons who have data, documents or other relevant information that can contribute to the establishment of the correct factual situation in this procedure are invited to submit them without delay to the Commission for the Protection of Competition at the address 25/IV Savska Street, Belgrade.

Guidelines for the development of a business compliance program with regulations on competition protection in the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Moravica and Raška Districts presented

kzkThe Commission for the Protection of Competition in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (CCIS) held a one-day presentation of the Guidelines for the development of a business compliance program with regulations on the protection of competition in the Regional Chamber of Commerce of Moravica and Raška District – office in Čačak.

The presentation was the second in a series that will be held throughout Serbia with the aim of familiarizing market participants with the rules in the field of competition protection and guidelines for the development of the Business Compliance Program with regulations on competition protection that the Commission published in December last year.

The current practice of the Commission for Protection of Competition shows that violations of competition often occur due to lack or insufficient knowledge of market participants. On such basis, the need to raise the level of awareness of market participants about the need and ways to comply with regulations in the field of competition was recognized.

In order to assist market participants in the process of adopting a compliance program, the Commission briefly describes and clarifies these “steps” in these workshops and guidelines in the adoption of such programs as well as competition rules.

The presentation in Čačak was attended by more than 30 representatives of market participants and the expert public. The next workshop will be held on November 1 at the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Nišav, Pirot and Toplic administrative districts in Niš.

Proceedings Initiated Against Apple Products Distributer

kzkThe Commission for the Protection of Competition initiated proceedings of investigating violation of competition ex officio against related companies Apcom from Hungary and Apcom Distribution from Belgrade due to reasonable doubt that stated companies set Apple product prices in resale in the Republic of Serbia and performed unannounced raids on four locations.

The Commission for the Protection of Competition analyzed competition status on the market of (1) mobile telephones and tablets, (2) smart watches, (3) accessories (headphones and wireless headphones), (4) smart TV boxes and (5) peripherals (keyboards and mouses), among others, for Apple products in the Republic of Serbia. On this occasion, through insight into publicly available data, it has been concluded that the prices of certain Apple products in the Republic of Serbia are unified with observed retailers of this brand, regardless of whether retailers have certain status of Apple authorized dealer or not, and regardless of sales channel, that is, whether it is classic sales in bricks and mortar stores or online sales.

Also, it has been detected that, in addition to being unified, the prices of Apple products on the market of the Republic of Serbia are higher compared to the prices in the neighboring countries, which is why Commission presumed existence of violation of competition in the form of setting resale prices in the sense of Article 10 of the Law on Protection of Competition, that is, that companies Apcom Distribution and Apcom from Hungary set the prices of Apple products in resale.

All persons having data, documents or other relevant information that can contribute to establishing the factual situation in this procedure are hereby invited to submit them at the address of the Commission for Protection of Competition, Savska 25 / IV, Belgrade.