VERTICAL AGREEMENTS: AMO SR initiated the administrative proceedings in the matter of possible vertical agreements

19.01.2016
In November 2015 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, Division of Abuse of Dominant Position and Vertical Agreements initiated the administrative proceedings in the matter of possible agreements restricting competition in the area of providing after-sales services related to the sale of motor vehicles in the territory of the Slovak Republic.

The Office initiated five separate proceedings in this area. Proceedings were initiated following the investigations made in the area of provision of after-sales services related to the sale of motor vehicles of different brands. Based on the documents gathered the Office suspected that undertakings may have infringed the Act by concluding vertical agreements which might restrict the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles only to the members of authorized networks. Undertakings could have committed the mentioned conduct by the fact that they might have made a guarantee conditional to realization of repair and maintenance only in service stations belonging to authorized networks.

The fact that the Office initiated the administrative proceedings does not imply that the entities concerned have infringed the competition rules, nor does it prejudge the conclusions which the Office may reach in its decision. In this phase the Office does not provide any detailed information.
Last update:19.01.2016