The aim of the protection of market competition is primarily to create benefits for consumers and equal conditions for all entrepreneurs on the market, who, acting in accordance with the existing rules and competing on the market with the quality, price and innovation of their products and services, contribute to the overall development of the economy.
Cases opened against Croatian Telecom, Croatian Post and Association of Orthodontists
In September 2013 Croatian Competition Agency initiated three proceedings to determine the distortion of competition. Two proceedings were initiated due to the sufficient indications of abuse of dominant position, while one was opened due to the alleged prohibited agreement.
The case against the Croatian Telecom (HT) was initiated to determine whether that undertaking abused its dominant position in the relevant markets in the period since 2011 until today through the refusal to provide wholesale services to alternative operators, which is reflected in stalling tactics to provide wholesale services.
The case against Croatian Post (HP) was initiated because there are indications that the undertaking abused its dominant position to squeeze out competitors and / or to prevent the entry of new competitors into the relevant market for the provision of postal services in the Croatian territory through “predatory conduct” in determining the price of postal services and the pricelist of postal services in domestic operations. Such practices by HP can make it more difficult for competitors from Croatia and other Member States to penetrate the market.
Due to concerns that the adoption of “Minimum price list for orthodontists’ services” could be caught by prohibited agreement within the meaning of competition law, the Agency initiated a proceeding against the Croatian Association of orthodontists.