APRIL 2021

The court has ruled on the legality of the contracting authority’s decision to terminate the procurement procedure
 
Attorney at Law of Law Firm SPES has managed to prove in court that the decision of the contracting authority to terminate the public procurement procedure was legitimate.
Court of Appeal of Lithuania, which examined the case, has clarified that public procurement is not self-purpose per se; new circumstances may transpire once the procurement procedure commences, as a result of which the objective will not be achieved as stated, such as, for instance, when the contracting authority loses the source of funding, the objective need for the product sought to procure disappears, and so forth; in these situations the contracting authority shall have the right to terminate the procurement procedure under the conditions established in the Law on Public Procurement. Disregarding such circumstances and continuing the procurement procedure would mean that the contracting authority is under an obligation to acquire redundant goods and, accordingly, to use the funds allocated for purchases in an irrational manner.
The supplier’s appeal has been dismissed and the litigation costs have been awarded to the client of the law firm.
 
Conference on European and Lithuanian competition law issues
 
Henrikas Celencevičius, an Attorney at Law of Law Firm SPES and Chairman of the Competition Law Committee of the Lithuanian Bar Association, participated in the organization of a conference on European and Lithuanian competition law issues organized by the Competition Law Committee of the Lithuanian Bar Association. Henrikas Celencevičius is to give an introductory speech, to read a report titled “Guarantees and expectations relating to the rights of inspection participants”, and to participate in the discussion “Defense possibilities and limits of rights exercise in the context of the investigations carried out by the Competition Council”.
Over the four hours assigned for the conference, not only will listeners be able to hear presentations from legal experts but also to watch live discussions, during which professionals in their chosen field are going to share relevant insights and arguments as to competition law, discuss the most important amendments to the Law on Competition, present their own assessments or review the innovations and emerging challenges in the field of European competition law.
The event will be broadcast on the Vimeo account of the Lithuanian Bar Association. Attached is a link to the broadcast. Questions can be presented to the participants in the discussion during the broadcast in the comments area.
The conference is intended for everyone, not only for lawyers, but also for companies, non-profit organizations, residents, and university or college students interested in competition law.
The event is free. The broadcast is due to start on 7 May this year at 9 a.m. You are most welcome to participate!

  • JULY 2021

    The administrative court reinstated the illegally dismissed environmentalist The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court annulled the illegal orders of the Director of the Department of Environmental Protection under the Ministry of Environment regarding the imposition of disciplinary sanctions on the head of the Regional Environmental Inspectorate and reins...

  • JUNE 2021

    The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania clarified the principles of pricing municipal waste management services. We represented the client, the organizer of the waste management system, in a dispute with consumers who tried to prove that the municipal waste management fee should be calculated only on the basis of the amount of waste actually delivere...

  • MAY 2021

    The court settled a dispute concerning the unjustified imposition of VAT on the vehicle purchase transaction The lawyer of the Vilnius law firm SPES managed to defend the client’s interests in a dispute with the tax administrator concerning the unjustified imposition of VAT on the vehicle purchase transaction.The client of the firm acquired a vehicle...

  • MARCH 2021

    The Court has clarified the conditions under which an agreement on default interest may be deemed contrary to public order (Article 1.81 of the Civil Code). Attorney at Law of law firm SPES has successfully defended the right of the client (creditor) to claim 0,2% default interest from the debtor as specified in the contract. In the case in question, ...

  • FEBRUARY 2021

    The Court has ruled on lawfulness of the contracting authority’s decision on termination of the procurement procedures. An attorney-at-law of Vilnius law firm SPES managed to prove in court that the Central Contracting Authority, in making the decision to terminate the public procurement procedures, did not violate the requirements of legal acts.In t...