The Norwegian Competition Authority is imposing fines totalling NOK 6.5 million on two companies for illegal collusion by submitting a joint bid on the collection, transport and final treatment of sewage sludge in Bergen municipality.
In recent years, oil prices have dropped significantly, and this has imposed changes and cost-cutting that have particularly affected the supply sector to the petroleum industry. From a professional competition policy standpoint, it is nevertheless difficult to see that the use of purchasing power could limit competition and harm consumers.
The Norwegian Competition Authority prohibits Umoe Restaurants AS from buying Dolly Dimple's Norge AS. The reason is that the acquisition will lead to significant restriction of competition in the markets of restaurants and take-aways.
Pursuant to the acquisition of Smart Fuels AS by St1 Nordic, the Competition Authority imposed a duty to divest St1 Nordic's existing fuel retail business in Norway
The Competition Authority has decided to close the investigation of Jotun A/S regarding a possible violation of the Competition Act's prohibition of abuse of a dominant position.
Professor Kurt R. Brekke has been appointed chief economist of the Competition Authority, and takes up the position in August 2016. Brekke is 47 years old and a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).