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Competition Council’s decision on waste management services in Riga kept in effect

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Administrative District Court has decided to keep in effect Competition Council’s (CC) temporary regulation aimed at preserving the structure of competition on the waste management market in Riga, as confirmed by CC.

«The decision of the court of justice is one more serious signal that Riga city’s planned monopolization of the waste management market in the next 20 years is dangerous. It might not only fundamentally change competition but also create uncontrollable consequences for residents,» says CC chairperson Skaidrīte Ābrama.

«Now is the time for the municipal administration to answer a simple question – is a 20 year-long monopoly over waste management in Riga is the best solution for residents and competition alike?» asks Ābrama.

On 9 September CC enforced a temporary solution that provides Riga municipal administration and SIA Getliņi EKO multiple duties, including putting a stop to the contract signed by Riga municipal administration, SIA Getliņi EKO and AS Tīrīga on collection and transportation of unsorted and sorted household waste. The temporary regulation provides the rights to continue providing waste management services by market participants who did this prior to the contract’s signing, and consumers – the right to pick from available waste management companies.

According to the temporary regulation, Riga municipal administration and SIA Getliņi EKO have a duty to submit by 12 November a plan to CC on ensure compliance with competition rules on the unsorted and sorted household waste collection and transportation market.

Read also: Riga City Council takes no responsibility for its own mess

The temporary regulation is a mechanism that allows authorities to put a stop to planned business plans and their negative effect on competition on the market until the final decision has been made.

CC’s is expected to make its decision on the possible abuse of dominant position on the waste management market in Riga within two years of the commencement of the case. CC commenced the case on 18 July.

As previously reported, Getliņi EKO has signed a EUR 686.2 million worth waste management public-private procedure. CREB Rīga was picked the winner. The winner of the public-private partnership process will be providing waste management services and investments in the next 20 years.


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