Here’s our roundup of the most interesting competition law developments in the Nordic countries in 2017.
Photo: Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority
We are very grateful to Rikard Jermsten, newly appointed Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority, for taking the time to give us his thoughts on the forthcoming changes to Sweden’s merger control regime. In office since September 2017, Jermsten will now lead the SCA into the new year and a new era for companies seeking merger clearance in Sweden. He gives us some insights below.
It raised my interest as the Finnish Editor of Nordic Competition to read recently that Finland has signed the Nordic competition authorities’ co-operation agreement. I was keen to know why Finland, as a member to the European Competition Network (ECN) and after 15 years of Nordic co-operation, has now decided to enter into the agreement with the fellow Nordics and how this will impact advising clients in my jurisdiction. Here’s what I learned.
Supreme Court follows EFTA Court ruling, but on different grounds
In a landmark judgment, Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled that joint bids submitted by two local taxi cooperatives for public contracts were anti-competitive ‘by object’. Since the two cooperatives could have bid separately for the contracts, they were considered as potential competitors.