The first meeting on the occasion of the starting of the Twinning light project: "Strengthening Institutional and Technical Capacity of the Agency for the Protection of the Competition of Montenegro", IPA 14 03 IPA TW 03 TWL, was held on November 12th 2018. The meeting was attended by BC Project Leader Mrs. Lepa Aleksić as well as Agency's representatives: Boženka Nikolić, Sanja Vešović, Radojka Ćirković and Vladan Čvorović; MS Project Leader Branimir Kovačević; Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro: Svetlana Laušević and Tijana Đoković.

Press release

At the Third Session of the Second Regular Session of November 12th 2018, the Parliament of Montenegro adopted the Proposal of the Conclusion of the Committee on Economy, Finance and Budget and thus adopted the Report on the work of the Agency for Protection of Competition for 2017.

In the case filed by the Agency for Protection of Competition, a request for initiation of a misdemeanor proceeding against "Luka Kotor" AD - legal entity, and executive director, as a responsible person in a legal entity, on 10 July 2018, the High Misdemeanor Court decided on a meritorious basis in the manner that he accepted the appeal of the Competition Agency, amended the decision of the Court for Misdemeanors and the accused: Luka Kotor and Kusovac Vasilije from Kotor, as a responsible person in a legal entity, for the action factually described in the pronouncement of the contested decision, found guilty of an offense referred to in Art. 67 st. 1 item 2 and 2 in relation to paragraph 1 item 2 of the Law on Protection of Competition, and penalized the following:

- "Luka Kotor," Joint Stock Company for Services in International Maritime Traffic Kotor, as a legal entity, a fine in the amount of EUR 27,249.54;

- Vasilije Kusovac, as a responsible person in a legal entity, a fine in the amount of EUR 1,000.00.

Representatives of the Agency for Protection of Competition attended a meeting on issues of competition and state aid in the CEFTA region, for the part relating to the protection of competition, held on 17 and 18 July 2018 in Skopje.

The topics of the meeting were in accordance with the provisions of the CEFTA Agreement and the Consolidated Multiannual Action Plan (MAP) for the regional economic area.

During the meeting, in accordance with the agenda, representatives of the Competition Protection Agency presented the national competition rules in force, that is, the news regarding the policy and competition law, and informed about the signed bilateral memoranda of understanding and cooperation with the competent authorities for the protection of competition and shared the experience of using the international cooperation platform, such as the OECD Regional Competition Center, ICN International Competition Network, RCC RFI Platform, UNCTAD Discussion Group for International Cooperation, Sofia Competition Forum.

In the period 09.-12. July 2018, a second set of trainings for employees of the Agency for Protection of Competition (economists) was held, within the framework of the EBRD / IDLO project for strengthening the capacity of the Agency in the use of economics software "STATA".

The goal of the second set of trainings was to continue the training of STATA staff for the needs of carrying out economic analyzes. After the training, the expert will also develop a manual for its use.