UM: We expect Commission to secure us equal rights in line with law in Serbia

NEWS 23.01.2020 17:51
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Source: N1

Following frequent media statements from the Telekom Serbia and the group of operators under the Supernova brand about demands to the Commission for Protection of Competition related to the distribution of the Switzerland based United Media channels, and about the suggestion to the Commission to bring a temporary measure, the United Media said that it had full confidence in the rule of law, independence and the autonomy of the institutions and an equal treatment all participants in Serbia's market.

„United Media and the United Group as a whole have previous experience with proceedings before the Commission for Protection of Competition, and thus except that in case of launching any kind of procedure, we will be able to represent our legitimate interests in an appropriate court proceeding in the same way as other companies in the Republic of Serbia.“

„The Commission for Protection of Competition, the statement recalls, investigated in details the SBB taking over the IKOM operator, and approved it after imposing strict conditions.“

„However, the Commission has approved Telkom Srbija to take over Kopernikus, Radijus Vektor, AVCOM, Masko, BPP ING, Telemark, SAT TV Meteor, EXE NET, JM Oskar, Masko, Limes Telekomunikacije, Vizija, SRB Digital, Charlie Plus and Polaris, without any conditions and opposite to own practice in the past.“

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 „The Commission for Protection of Competition has neglected information which SBB has provided on its own during the proceedings of Telekom’s taking over, pointing at negative consequences of these procedures regarding the competitiveness.“

„The Commission has rejected to reconsider its decision even after Telekom itself has publically admitted it has provided false information, and the Commission has been timely informed about it. After the public prosecutor asked the Commission about bringing the charges, the Commission provided documents too late, and the case fell under the statute of limitation.“

„The Commission for Protection of Competition has urgently launched the procedure against SBB for increasing the price for 7.7 percent and has stopped the proceeding after a year since SBB has proved it has been an illegal action. The Commission for Protection of Competition needs a year to rule that due to the 100 percent increase in the EPS (Serbia’s Electric Power Company) prices for providers, any procedure was unnecessary.“

„The Commission for Protection of Competition has rejected to launch a procedure against Telkom Srbija and RTS for the discrimination of the users who want to watch the public broadcaster via EON Internet platform. The Commission for Protection of Competition needed over a year to determine if Kopernikus had reported its takeover in line with the law.“

„Finally, the Commission for Protection of Competition has also rejected to introduce a temporary measure to Telekom Srbija and RTS. It has needed a year to decide whether it should introduce a temporary measure to EPS.“

„The European Commission in its 2019 report for Serbia, in part dealing with competitiveness, has noted that the privileged position of the state operator has not contributed to achieving the goals of the competitiveness policy, neither it has been adjusted to the European Union’s regulations.“

„United Media says it has full trust in the rule of law, independence and autonomy of the institutions and equal treatment of all players in Serbia’s market.“

N1 TV is a part of the United Media.