On 7 May 2020 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Abuse of Dominant Position and Vertical Agreements, (hereafter "the Office") initiated an administrative proceedings in the matter of the failure to submit requested information within stipulated time limit. The Office initiated the administrative proceedings against an undertaking operating in postal services sector.
According to the provision of the Article 22 Paragraph 2 of the Act on Protection of Competition (hereafter "the Act"), the Office has the right to request undertakings to provide the information and documentation that are necessary for its activity. In this case, the Office requested the participant to the proceedings to provide certain documentation and information, which the participant to the proceedings did not submit within the response received. The participant to the proceedings submitted relevant documentation and information in question only after the time limit stipulated by the Office, respectively till nowadays he has not submitted a part of the documentation in question at all.
According to the Article 38a Paragraph 1 of the Act, for the breach of the obligation to submit documentation or information to the Office within a stipulated time limit, for the submission of false or incomplete documentation or information or for not allowing to verify them, the Office shall impose a fine on the undertaking of up to 1 % of the turnover of previous accounting period.
The initiation of the administrative proceedings does not imply that the participant to the proceedings has infringed the Act, nor does it prejudge conclusions that the Office may reach in its decision.