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CARTELS: AMO SR decided to impose fines of almost EUR 1 million for cartel in public procurements realized by using electronic contracting system

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On 5 December 2019 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Cartels, (hereafter "the Office") issued a decision, by which it imposed fines in the total amount of EUR 1 181 441 on six undertakings for the conclusion of a cartel agreement, thereby they infringed the provision of the Article 4 Paragraph 1 in connection with the provision of the Article 4 Paragraph 4 Letter a), c) and f) of the Act on Protection of Competition.

The anticompetitive conduct of the undertakings was grounded in the coordination of their bidding procedure for public procurements, which were realized through the electronic contracting system (ECS) from 12 January 2015 to 28 April 2017.

The agreement concerned the supply of furniture and medical equipment and the supply of clothing, footwear and textile products.

The Office informed about the initiation of the administrative proceedings in the given matter in the year 2017.

The Office´s decision has not come into force yet, since the participants to the proceedings lodged an appeal against this decision. Based on this, the Office´s second-instance body will review the decision.