On 23 January 2019 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Cartels, (hereafter "the Office"), based on its own initiative, according to the Article 25 Paragraph 1 of the Act on Protection of Competition
(hereafter "the Act") initiated the administrative proceedings in the matter of possible infringement of the provision of the Article 39 of the Act.
The possible infringement could consist of such conduct of the parties to the proceedings, by which they could have created a barrier to the entry into the market of providing pharmaceutical care in public pharmacies, thereby favouring the undertakings currently operating in the relevant market.
If the infringement of the Article 39 of the Act is proved, the Office may impose the fine of up to the amount of EUR 66 000.
The initiation of the administrative proceedings does not imply that the parties to the proceedings infringed the competition rules nor does it prejudge the conclusions, which the Office may come to in its decision.