The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently announced that it will initiate proceedings against the Mechanical and Electrical Contractors Association for the prima facie infringement of Section 3.1.b of the Protection of Competition Laws of 2008 and 2014. Once the investigation has been completed and the hearing concluded, all oral and written submissions and observations by the parties will be examined and the commission will publish its final decision.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently announced investigations into two alleged competition law violations. The first concerns the alleged manipulation of tendering procedures initiated by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works for the supply of ready-mix concrete, while the second relates to an alleged abuse of a dominant position in the valet parking services market at Larnaca International Airport.
The Supreme Court of Cyprus recently provided useful guidance on the definition of 'undertaking' and 'association of undertakings'. The case concerned an administrative recourse against a Commission for the Protection of Competition decision which held that the Limassol Licenced Porters Association had displayed restrictive behaviour and abused its dominant position.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently announced that it had issued a statement of objections to the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) for alleged prima facie violations of competition law. The alleged infringements concerned CYTA's dominant position in the retail pay television and retail broadband internet markets through the pricing of its services between 2009 and 2010.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently published an interim decision concerning a complaint filed by undertakings that provide valet services against the firm that manages Larnaca International Airport. The complaint concerned alleged price fluctuations and changes to designated parking spaces that the respondent had implemented without consulting the applicants.
The Competition Commission recently announced that the Cyprus Telecommunication Authority (CYTA) would be fined €1,016,425 for infringing the Protection of Competition Laws 2008 to 2014. The infringement concerned a contract between CYTA and PrimeTel for the right of use of international capacity to the sub-sea sub-system called Minerva.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently announced on its official website that, pursuant to the Protection of Competition Laws 2008 and 2014, it has communicated a statement of objection to the Pancyprian Organisation of Cattle Farmers Public Ltd regarding alleged abuse of a dominant market position.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently announced that it will carry out two enquiries. The first will examine 'rockets and feathers' pricing trends in the petroleum products sector; while the second will involve site investigations at the facilities of two players in the convenience store sector.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently published its Decision on Prioritisation Principles in the Official Gazette. Further, the commission and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the support of the Enterprise Europe Network, recently held a conference entitled "The importance of competition during periods of economic crisis", with the participation of the Hellenic Competition Commission.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently conducted a public consultation on the proposed prioritisation principles to be followed in the assessment of cases concerning alleged infringements of Sections 3 and 6 of the Protection of Competition Laws of 2008 and 2014, as well as Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently conducted a public consultation on two important draft pieces of legislation: the draft Concentration Control between Undertakings Law 2013 and the draft Protection of Competition (Amending) Law 2013. The legislative saga concluded on June 20 2014 with the publication in the Official Gazette of the Concentration Control between Undertakings Law of 2014.
The Protection of Competition (Amending) Law 2014, which amends the Protection of Competition Law 2008, was recently published in the Official Gazette. The main changes introduced by the amending law include a new definition of the term 'undertaking' and changes to the criteria that should be taken into account by the Commission for the Protection of Competition in regard to cases of infringement.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition recently conducted a public consultation on the draft Concentration Control between Undertakings Law 2013. The law aims to bring the Cyprus legislation on concentration control into line with the status quo in the European Union, while also satisfying a condition stated in the memorandum of understanding signed by Cyprus and the troika.
The Supreme Court recently issued its interim decision in relation to an administrative recourse filed under the Constitution by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority against the Commission for the Protection of Competition and the republic of Cyprus (via the commission). The authority filed the administrative recourse in order to contest the legality of the commission's decision to impose an interim order on the authority.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition has granted its first interim order since a recent restructuring. The order was granted in favour of Primetel PLC against the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, a semi-governmental organisation, in relation to the provision of telecommunications services. The application for an interim order was triggered by the authority's decision to terminate access to the Minerva cable system.
The Supreme Court recently ruled on the applicable criteria for granting an interim order to supply, as issued by the Commission for the Protection of Competition under the law. The case concerned alleged abuse of dominance by the Pancyprian Organisation of Cattle Farmers, a group of cow's milk producers from across Cyprus, in relation to the wholesale distribution of fresh cow's milk in the country.
During the past two years the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition has been active in the control of both competition and concentrations specifically, yielding an impressive number of reasoned decisions. All acquirers must file a notification of concentration with the commission in the event that certain conditions are met. A number of such notifications have set a precedent.