29 Jul 2022

Dominant or not, you need to be super-cautious in the food supply chain!

The use of unfair trade practices in the food supply chain is banned throughout Europe. Meanwhile, Poland was at the forefront of enforcement even before directive (EU) 2019/633[1] was passed by the European legislator. Thus it comes as little surprise that the Polish competition authority (UOKiK), which is the competent authority for monitoring compliance with […]

11 Mar 2022

A new year, and “new” risks for managers  

At the beginning of the year, the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) announced that he had issued a new decision. There would be nothing unusual about this, as dozens of decisions are issued each year, except that in this instance it was not only a business undertaking that was fined. […]

18 May 2021

Vertical restraints under UOKIK scrutiny

Recently there has been a visible surge in the number of antitrust cases regarding various vertical agreements between undertakings on the Polish market. Anticompetitive practices of this kind are often scrutinized by the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK). What these cases have in common is the fact that the restrictions imposed on […]

26 May 2022

IT providers beware! A new antitrust enforcement trend is looming!

The Polish Competition Authority (UOKiK) has announced the launch of exceptional antimonopoly proceedings against cartel facilitators. The authority claims to have gathered evidence that the undertakings, which are IT providers, facilitated an anticompetitive agreement between pharmaceutical wholesalers by providing them with IT tools. Allegedly, these tools enabled the wholesalers to exchange sensitive business information, for […]

17 Dec 2021

New Act on Contractual Advantage, new risks for business

On 23 November, the President signed a new Act on Combating Unfair Use of Contractual Advantage in Trade in Agricultural and Food Products. This a long name, and will mean many changes on the market. These changes will also mean many new dangers.