We are pleased to present the forty-third edition of our information service on events in the world of competition law in November and December 2023. Once again, this is a purely subjective selection of events that we think may be of interest to you.
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When the power is with you #IV: Thirty is enough – the payment period after the amendment of the SMPA
There are 30 days left until the end of the year at the time of publishing this article. Thirty days is the payment period that buyers with significant market power should apply in their contracts with the affected suppliers of food and agricultural products from 1 January. And not only on paper. We
When the power is with you #III: Do you have a written contract with your supplier? And could we see it?
Have you run out of flowers at your hotel or a particular food item on the shelf at your local shop? Are you missing an agricultural commodity that you need to process your own products? For the ordinary buyer, there is nothing easier than to dial the supplier’s phone number. However, if you are a
When the power is with you #II: Won't you also be affected by the new obligations resulting from the amendment to the SMPA?
When the former version of the SMPA was in force, virtually only the operators of food retail chains had significant market power. The amendment to the SMPA, which takes full effect on January 1, 2024, has substantially broadened the scope of companies affected and the group of products subject to t
When the power is with you #I: An important part of the SMPA is about to come into effect
Autumn has only just arrived, but shopping centres are already starting to put on their Christmas outfits. As quickly as the end of the year, an important part of the 2022 amendment to the Act on Significant Market Power and Unfair Commercial Practices (SMPA) is coming into force. So, it is really h
Modern economy faces major challenges. Will the uncompromising fight against RPM save it?
In early September, I was at the IBA Annual Competition Conference in Florence. I like those two days. I extend my summer, experience a beautiful city, meet friends, and even manage an inspiring morning run. But mostly I’m going to find out what’s driving antitrust around the world. This year again,
Act on Unfair Trade Practices in the Food Retail Sector – Grey Theory and Practice?
The sale of food is currently a much-debated topic across society, at least when it comes to prices. This area is subject to significant control under the Act on Unfair Terms in Food Trade. The Act contains almost 60 different unfair terms that affect not only prices. However, the interpretation of
Flower boycott (Overview of competition events for September 2023)
We present to you the forty-first instalment of the information service on events that occurred in the world of competition law in September 2023. Again, this is a purely subjective selection of those events that we found significant or interesting.
New victims in the OPC's crusade against resale price maintenance
The Office for the Protection of Competition (the Czech Competition Authority or the “CCA”) kept busy even during the summer as it imposed three fines for resale price maintenance (“RPM”) in the pet food and pet supplies sector. All three companies monitored the compliance of the sellers with their
Defining the subject matter of administrative proceedings in competition cases - how also competition law can be national
If you have ever come across competition law, you know that the competition rules are almost identical in the EU. In the area of cartel agreements, EU rules even prevent Member States from prohibiting agreements that EU law does not prohibit. The more significant differences were in procedural pract