Competition Overview

The Impact of COVID-19 on Submissions, Deadlines and Decision-Making of Competition Authorities in the West Balkans

Last Updated on 4 May 2020, 15:00 CET

Country

Submissions

Deadlines

Decisions

Expected delays


Albania

All submissions: via post or electronicallyDeadlines are applicable and the parties can be sanctioned for a late submission. 

No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Delays in review and decision making should be expected.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

All submissions: via post or electronicallyDeadlines are still applicable, and the parties can be sanctioned for a late submission.No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Delays in review and decision making should be expected, as the competition authority’s decision-making body is in session less frequently.

CroatiaAll submissions: via post or electronicallyDeadlines are applicable and the parties can be sanctioned for a late submission. 

No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Delays in review and decision making should be expected.

Montenegro

All submissions: via post or electronicallyDeadlines are still applicable, and the parties can be sanctioned for a late submission. 

No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Delays in review and decision making should be expected.

North Macedonia

All submissions: via post, electronically, or in-person.All applicable deadlines in administrative proceedings are stayed during the state of emergency.Suspension of issuance of decisions during the state of emergency.Currently, the state of emergency will last until 16 May (subject to possible further extensions). Following its termination, the decision-making process should be reassumed.

Serbia

All submissions: via post or electronically, except for submissions exceeding 100Mb and merger notifications.

Submissions exceeding 100Mb and merger notifications: via post or by hand

Deadlines are applicable to parties, but no sanctions may be imposed for breaches during the state of emergency.

The competition authority’s review deadlines are stayed during the state of emergency and will be deemed to have elapsed 30 days after the end of the state of emergency.

No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Decisions in Phase I merger review procedures are being issued within the relevant deadline i.e. no delays expected. However, in more complex reviews e.g. decisions on individual exemption, certain delays should be expected.

Note: state of emergency expected to end on 6 May 2020.

 


Slovenia

All submissions: via post or electronically 

All the statutory deadlines are currently stayed until 1 July 2020, at the latest.

 

 

No suspension of issuance of decisions so far.

 

Delays in review and decision making should be expected.