Possible exemptions from the ban on cartels during the Corona pandemic
Even under the current rules, restrictions of competition which are necessary to achieve cost reductions or an improvement in supply can be exempted from the ban on cartels. This can be decided independently by each company, if necessary, after consulting the Macedonian competition authority.
This applies in particular where the direct concern is to supply consumers. As the Norwegian example shows, cooperation in the transport sector, for example, can be justified.
An exchange of information to reduce costs and improve supply can equally be exempted from the ban on cartels.
Stronger supply relationships between competitors in order to avoid short-term supply bottlenecks are also conceivable (so-called colleague supply).
The classic restrictions of competition, such as price fixing, territorial and customer allocation and agreements on a shortage of supply remain of course prohibited.