So much of European competition news deals with the financial & political centers: London, Brussels, Paris, etc. Yet many of the most interesting challenges are faced by Central and Eastern European countries. In many cases, they’re dealing with a triple challenge – converting to a market economy, dealing with an economic downturn, and creating new […]

Hungarian Competition Law & Policy: The Watermelon Omen

Pal Szilagyi, Oct 30, 2012 Looking at recent developments in Hungarian competition law and policy first gives us the impression that nothing exciting is happening. Most developments are business as usual at the national competition authority. (In Hungarian the proper name of the authority is the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, but for English speakers we refer to […]

Competition Law in Slovakia: An Authority Viewpoint

Zuzana Sabova, Oct 30, 2012 Competition law was introduced in Slovakia in the early 1990s as a part of the market mechanisms aimed at the transformation from a centrally planned to a market economy. In 2011, the Antimonopoly Office of Slovakia (“Office”) celebrated its 20th anniversary. The role of the institution in the economic life […]

There Is Always a First Time: Competition Developments in Austria

Astrid Ablasser-Neuhuber, Gerhard Fussenegger, Oct 30, 2012 Within the last couple of months, Austrian competition law has followed new paths. The Austrian Cartel Court, for the first time, imposed fines for vertical infringements. Furthermore, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority: (i) accepted, for the first time, remedies within phase I; (ii) initiated, for the first time, […]

Recent Developments in Hungarian Competition Policy

Miklos Juhasz, Oct 30, 2012 The developments of Hungarian competition policy in the last two years have been motivated by endeavours to make the operation of the Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) more effective. In other words, the GVH has sought to strengthen the “client-friendly” features of the Authority, specifically by speeding up procedures, increasing the […]

Lithuanian Competition Authority Follows the Path to Prioritization

Dina Lurje, Oct 30, 2012 The Lithuanian Competition Authority (“Competition Council”), having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has joined other competition enforcers around the world and, in July 2012, released its Notice on Agency’s Enforcement Priorities (“Enforcement Priorities Notice”). The reasoning behind the adoption of the Enforcement Priorities Notice was the intent to solve a […]

Adapting to the EU Requirements: Recent Evolutions in Romanian Competition and State Aid Law

Oana Stefan, Oct 30, 2012 Since 2007, Romania is, alongside Bulgaria, one of the newest members of the European Union. Consequently, the vast majority of its institutional and legislative developments in competition and State aid are connected to the adaptation of the law to EU requirements. Romanian competition law and policy has been replicating rules, […]

Slovakian Competition Law: A Practitioner’s Viewpoint

Zuzana Hnatova, Oct 30, 2012 The Slovak republic does not have a long tradition in competition regulation, a condition predominately caused by the communist history of the country. The first statutory act in the post-communism era protecting competition on the market was enacted in 1991 and was the first attempt to correct the market distorted by […]