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Update: Poland

July 31st, 2012

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) – host of the 2013 ICN annual conference – recently published information about its activity in 2011, including 100 decisions concerning competition-restricting practices and 172 merger decisions.

The Competition Commission of India recently posted the first volume of its quarterly newsletter “Fair Play” that includes updates on enforcement, advocacy initiatives, and its international efforts (highlighting, among other initiatives, CCI’s engagement within the ICN).

Sanctions in Romania

July 26th, 2012

The Romanian Competition Council recently published details on the fines it has imposed during the past 15 years.

Agency Merger: Finland

July 24th, 2012

The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy has proposed to merge the Finnish Competition Authority and the Finnish Consumer Agency into a joint agency to begin operations on 1 January 2013. The Government’s proposal on the new authority will be presented in September.

Earlier this month, the new Portuguese Competition Act came into force. The new Competition Act marks a new era for competition enforcement and advocacy in Portugal with reinforced investigative powers for the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA), a renewed Leniency Programme, greater harmonisation between Portuguese merger control and the EU Merger Regulation and a new framework […]

Last month, the Competition Commission of Singapore published its revised Guidelines on Merger Procedures 2012 that came into effect on 1 July 2012.

Chile’s FNE recently published “Public Sector and Antitrust” or “Sector Público y Libre Competencia” the fourth document of its series of Advocacy materials. The guide is addressed primarily to public sector employees and service managers, with the intent to promote compliance with rules to protect free competition in the marketplace.

The Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC) has recently released their third report monitoring the automotive fuel distribution market in Spain.  The CNC report concludes that the automotive fuel distribution market has an insufficient level of effective competition and urges the implementation of the recommendations issued by the CNC in its report of March 2009.