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Bulgaria: Competition Protection Commission Recommends Amendments Of The Energy Act Concerning The Heating Sector

By District Energy posted 03-27-2018 00:00


Radoslav MikovAnna Rizova and Stanislav Cherkezov, Mondaq


On 8 February 2018, the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission ("CPC") issued a Decision in a Competition Advocacy proceeding initiated in 2017 for the assessment of conformity with Competition law of the legal framework applicable to heat energy supply legislation. The Competition Advocacy proceeding analyzed the respective sections of the Energy Act ("EA"), the Heat Energy Supply Ordinance (1) and the General Terms and Conditions of the heating companies.

This decision continues the series of decisions and inquires announced by the CPC regarding the Bulgarian energy sector in the recent weeks, after the Sector Inquiry into Bulgarian electricity market announced on 22.01.2018, and the Competition Advocacy proceedings in relation to the recently proposed amendments to the EA. Both of them were addressed in previous Client Alerts by Wolf Theiss.

The important takeaway of this decision is the increased activity of the CPC in the energy sector, which now seems no longer to be limited as a competition law issue, but which also addresses issues rather related to consumer protection and even some technical matters.

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