AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings in the matters of possible vertical agreements

06.10.2016
In September 2016  the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Abuse of a Dominant Position and Vertical Agreements (hereafter “the Office”) initiated administrative proceedings in the matters of possible agreements restricting competition in the field of providing after-sales services relating to selling motor vehicles in the territory of the Slovak Republic.
 
The Office initiated two separate administrative proceedings in this area. The administrative proceedings were initiated following the investigations made in the area of providing after-sales services relating to the sale of motor vehicles of different brands.
 
Based on the gathered documents the Office suspects that individual undertakings may have infringed the Act by concluding vertical agreements which might restrict the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles to the members of authorized networks. The undertakings could have committed the mentioned conduct by the fact that they migt have made a guarantee condition to the realization of repair and maintenance only in service stations belonging to authorized networks.
 
Initiating the administrative proceedings does not impy that the parties to the proceedings have infringed competition rules, nor does it prejudge the conclusions which the Antimonpoly Office of the Slovak Republic may reach in its decisions. The Office does not provide more information at this phase.  
 
 
Last update:06.10.2016