The Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship has proposed a draft law which would amend the rules applicable to the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The draft law would controversially reinstate the compulsory membership of legal entities of the chambers, which the ministry states is necessary due to the financial difficulties faced by the chambers.
Parliament recently passed the National Business Centre Law, which aims to promote business by offering registration and licensing procedures through one institution. Following the establishment of the National Business Centre, the National Registration Centre and the National Licensing Centre will cease to exist. The new centre will issue advisory opinions on the registration and licensing of commercial entities.
The Competition Authority recently put the draft Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation forward for public debate. The draft regulation is aligned with the EU Regulation on the Application of Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to Categories of Technology Transfer Agreements.
In September 2017 the Competition Authority officially closed the investigation into the mobile phone retail market which it opened following three complaints regarding alleged coordinated practices and potential abuse of dominant position. The authority issued a number of recommendations and intends to continue to monitor the mobile phone retail market until October 2018.
The Competition Authority recently initiated an investigation into the mobile phone market in connection with alleged coordinated practices and potential abuse of the dominant position of the market players. It had been alleged that three telecommunications operators had coordinated a change in standard pre-paid packages.
In 2016 the Competition Authority issued 52 decisions relating to merger control, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices. No fines were imposed in any of the decisions. The authority also reviewed and commented on numerous legislation proposals, including the production and marketing of tobacco and cigarettes and airport fees.
The Competition Authority recently introduced a number of new bylaws. The bylaws aim to regulate short-form procedures on the assessment of concentrations, commitment procedures and the administration of electronic data during Competition Authority inspections.