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Council of the AMO SR has decided in the case of cartel agreements during selling motor vehicles

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On 12 July 2019 the Council of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic (hereafter “the Council of the Office”) issued a decision No. 2019/DOH/ZPR/R/19, by which it decided on the appeals lodged by the participants to the proceedings against the decision of the first-instance body of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Cartels, (hereafter “the Office”) No. 2018/DOH/POK/1/40 of 30 November 2018.

In that decision, the first-instance body of the Office imposed fines in the total amount of EUR 9 386 456 on 15 undertakings for the infringement of the Act on Protection of Competition, which consisted of the conclusion of several cartel agreements on prices, market allocation, the exchange of sensitive business information and coordination in public procurement process in relation to selling passenger and light commercial motor vehicles.

The Council of the Office annulled the decision of the Office´s first-instance body and referred the case back to the first-instance body for reconsideration and new decision.

The decision of the Council of the Office came into force on 31 July 2019.