The Role of Competition Advocacy: The Serbian Experience

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Considering the importance of competition advocacy in developing and transition countries, such as the Republic of Serbia, the aim of this article is to provide a short review and analysis of the stipulations of the Serbian Law on the Protection of Competition related to the competencies of the Commission for the Protection of Competition in the field of advocacy, and to give a de lege lata overview of several examples from the Commission’s practice.This paper examines the definition of competition advocacy and the significance of this advocacy in Serbia and other developing and/or transition countries, as well as certain prerequisites for effective advocacy by competition authorities. The article is also related to the Serbian legal framework for competition advocacy and focuses on the most successful examples and highlights Serbian experience and some realised cases of advocacy initiatives (giving opinions, cooperation with other state authorities, i.e. independent sector regulators, the use of market studies, etc.). The Conclusion includes final remarks and recommendations for the Serbian Commission and policy makers.