Competition

State of Compliance
 

  • Competition Law

    Competition Law

    In the reporting period, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) once again did not render any decisions regarding anti-competitive conduct in the energy sectors; in particular, there were no enforcement activities in the heavily concentrated electricity and gas sectors, except for the review of mergers. The CPC conducted a sector inquiry into the oil derivatives retail market in 2018 and undertook an assessment of the competitive conditions on this market in 2019. However, no anti-competitive conduct was identified.

  • State Aid Law

    State Aid Law

     A new Law on State Aid Control is applicable as of 1 January 2020. It provides for a new structure of the authority, comprising the Commission for State Aid Control and the Secretariat as a supporting body, replacing the previous Department for State Aid Control within the Ministry of Finance and thereby ensuring independence. The Commission for State Aid Control has not rendered any decision in the energy sectors in the reporting period. Specific temporary rules for assessing compliance of aid granted in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic were adopted. The Commission for State Aid Control reviewed and cleared the decree on incentive measures for electricity from renewable sources and high-efficiency electricity and heat production which needs to be brought in line with the compatibility criteria of the Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014 - 2020.