Press Releases

2022-05-25 / Conference on State Aid Law This year, the Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as "the Office") is once again organising its traditional conference on State aid law. The conference will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, 15 and 16 June 2022, at the premises of the Office in Brno

2022-04-20 / May 2022 Public Procurement Conference The Office for the Protection of Competition is preparing the first year of the May Conference on Public Procurement to be held on 18 and 19 May 2022. The conference will take place at the Brno headquarters of the Office

2022-03-24 / Temporary Crisis Framework for the provision of State Aid to cope with the economic consequences of the Russia´s invasion of Ukraine The European Commission adopted a temporary crisis framework to allow Member States to use the flexibility set out in State aid rules, and, thus, support the economy affected by the impacts of the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

2022-03-23 / The Office imposed fines for cartel of AV equipment suppliers By its first-instance decision, the Office for the Protection of Competition imposed fines in the total amount of CZK 2 442 000 on the undertakings AV MEDIA SYSTEMS, a.s., M plus spol. s r.o., Nowatron Elektronik, spol. s r.o. and SCIENTICA AGENCY, s.r.o. for a prohibited agreement on public procurement (bid...

2022-03-22 / Joint statement by the European Copmpetition Network on the application of competition law in the context of the war in Ukraine The European Competition Network (ECN), which connects the competition authorities of the EU Member States, has issued a joint statement on the application of competition rules in the context of the Russian aggression in Ukraine

2022-02-09 / A Fine of CZK 1.435 Million Was Imposed on the Undertaking Natland for alleged "Gun Jumping" The Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as “the Office”) imposed a fine of CZK 1 435 000 on the undertaking Natland Group, SE, for a concentration between undertakings prior to the authorisation of the Office. No appeal was submitted against the first-instance decision and it...

2022-02-04 / The Chairman of the Office discussed future cooperation and effective investigation of cartel agreements with the Slovak and Hungarian Competition Authorities Petr Mlsna, the Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as “the Office”), made a working visit to partner competition authorities of Slovakia and Hungary this week. He was accompanied by Kamil Nejezchleb, the Vice-Chairman of the Office, responsible for the Competition...

2022-01-20 / The Office Imposed Repeated Fines for the IT Cartel in Olomouc, Amounting to Almost CZK 80 Million The Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as “the Office”) re-imposed fines on members of the so-called Olomouc IT cartel, as the previous decision was annulled in the part concerning the fine by the Chairman of the Office during the appeal proceedings. Through the new decision...

2022-01-11 / The Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition Terminated the Proceedings with the undertaking NET4GAS Because of the Favourability of the Subsequent Legislation Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as ''the Office''), Petr Mlsna, cancelled the first instance decision on possible abuse of dominant position by the undertaking Net4Gas and terminated the administrative proceedings in the given case

2022-01-04 / The Undertaking GARLAND Harmed Consumers, and It Now Faces a Fine of Almost CZK 100 Million In its first instance decision, the Office for the Protection of Competition (hereinafter referred to as ''the Office'') imposed a fine of CZK 96,751,000 on GARLAND distributor, s.r.o. for vertical agreements on resale price maintenance. This is the highest fine ever imposed for this type of anticompetitive...

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