The Serbian Commission for the Protection of Competition said today that, according to Eurostat’s data for 2019, prices of consumer electronics in Serbia were 13% higher than average prices in the EU.
“For example, in Serbia, prices for some product categories were 33-39% higher than prices in Hungary, where value-added tax is 27%, while in Serbia it is 20%”, the Commission’s website states.
At the same time, consumer electronics in Hungary were 2.5% lower than the EU average.
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The Commission has also analyzed the conditions of competition in the wholesale and retail consumer electronics market in Serbia and announced that it initiated an ex officio investigation into violation of competition rules and carried out unannounced inspections in the companies Roaming Electronics, Technomanija and Comtrade Distribution.
The procedure was initiated to examine the existence of restrictive agreements under Article 10 of the Law on the Protection of Competition, which restrict competition in the retail and wholesale consumer electronics markets in Serbia.
The Commission established that consumer electronics sold in retail facilities as well as on retailers’ websites have identical or almost identical prices.
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