The SCC published the results of four sectoral analyses it conducted in the following national markets:

  • Sports Footwear, Clothing and Equipment (2014-2016): The SCC analysed each product market separately, and found that all of them are highly concentrated. The SCC indicated that the market for sports equipment may in particular be the source of competition law concerns. In turn, no barriers to entry were identified.
  • Retail of Oil Derivatives (2016): The focus of the SCC's sectoral analysis for 2016 was on relations between competitors in the retail market for oil derivatives. The SCC also assessed the level of compliance with its recommendations from previous reports relating to this sector, and emphasized the importance of establishing precise statistical reports for this sector. Consequently, the SCC announced that it would continue monitoring this market and produce a separate report for 2017.
  • Software and IT Equipment (2014-2016): The SCC focused on contract awards in public procurement procedures. The SCC singled out the most important players in these markets and expressed concerns that both software and hardware procurement may provide grounds for bid rigging practices. The SCC announced that it will, in cooperation with the Serbian public procurement authority and other competent institutions, pay particular attention to raising awareness of competition rules in these markets in the forthcoming period.
  • Purchase and Export of Raspberry (2015-2017): This sectoral analysis did not end up finding an infringement; however, it identified four categories of inherent problems confronted by local raspberry farmers (e.g. lack of quality and sanitary standards and controls, vague contracting terms in standard business cooperation agreements with suppliers of fertilizers and pesticides, unified purchase prices irrespective of production costs and quantities ordered). The SCC concluded that the problems identified require a comprehensive approach on the part of all relevant institutions to allow the continued development of this very important industry (having in mind that raspberries accounted for 42% of all Serbian fruit exports in 2016). The SCC also emphasized the need for improving the quality of available statistic data, particularly in regard to plantation areas and production capacities.

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