Māra Stabulniece comments on the expected amendments to the competition regulation

03.09.2015 Māra Stabulniece comments on the expected amendments to the competition regulation

In the Legal Services supplement to newspaper Dienas Bizness, dated 3 September 2015, Associate Māra Stabulniece provides her comment on the expected amendments to the Competition Law which on one side are aimed at obliging operators, but on the other hand create constraints and additional risks.

In the published article Māra Stabulniece provides an insight into the practical difficulties to be faced by the interested persons after adoption of the amendments – the Competition Council will no longer be obliged to adopt a formal decision, if an application is received from a private individual. Therefore, the private individuals will not be able to appeal the refusal to initiate a case either. Likewise she states that henceforth the procedure for proving loss will be considerably eased, although it should be additionally taken into account that Latvia will have to determine a significantly broader regulation for compensation of damages, when introducing the EU directive on damages.

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