At the beginning of November 2022, the Serbian Competition Authority initiated several ex officio investigations against different market participants.
The first investigation was initiated over a company called Dobergard for acquiring two separate companies (Protecta Group and Sparta Security) without the prior notification and clearance of the Competition Authority (gun-jumping).
The second investigation also relates to the gun-jumping case that involves the acquisition of a North Macedonian company called Webspotan by Ananas E-Commerce. This investigation represents the first gun-jumping case conducted by the Serbian Competition Authority that involves an acquisition of a foreign company.
Finally, the Serbian Competition Authority initiated an investigation against the Glovoapp Technology (Glovo) for its allegedly abusive practice in the food delivery market. Namely, the Competition Authority dawn raided Glovo (after conducting sector analysis and receiving a complaint from a third party) and found exclusivity provisions in the contracts concluded between Glovo and its partners, such as providing different benefits aimed at inducing exclusivity and discriminating against partners that deal with other platforms that compete with Glovo.
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National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted amendments to the Law on Foreigners and the Law on the Employment of Foreigners, thereby introducing numerous changes. The laws entered into force on August 4, 2023, but their implementation was postponed to February 1, 2024.
From 17 May 2023, submission of application for registration of companies before the Serbian Business Registers’ Agency will be available only in electronic form, via specific user application. Starting from 17 May, electronic application for registration of companies in the SBRA will be mandatory, meaning that paper application will no longer be accepted from this date.
The Commission for the Protection of Competition initiated proceedings for investigating a violation of competition ex officio against companies Apcom CE Kereskedelmi Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság from Hungary and APCOM DISTRIBUTION PREDUZEĆA ZA TRGOVINU I USLUGE D.O.O., BEOGRAD in order to determine existence of violation of competition from Article 10 of the Law on Protection of Competition.