Hellenic Competition Authority

Hellenic Competition Authority (Athens)

The HCC is the authority responsible for the enforcement of Greek law 3959/2011, "Protection of Free Competition", previously Law 703/1977, as well as of Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Pursuant to Law 2296/95, the HCC is an Independent Administrative Authority with procedural and decision-making autonomy. Pursuant to Law 2837/2000, the HCC also enjoys financial autonomy.The HCC performs all the enforcement actions of a designated National Competition Authority to apply national and EU competition rules, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1/2003 (see Art. 5). It also has consultative powers in the area of identifying and removing regulatory barriers to competition. In particular, the HCC has broad enforcement powers in the area of collusive practices/cartels, abuses of dominance and merger control.

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2921 Bulletin

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority clears, subject to remedies, a merger on the market for the provision of stevedoring and storage of domestic containerized cargo services (Cosco / Piraeus Port Authority)

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Clearance of the proposed acquisition by COSCO (HONG KONG) GROUP LIMITED of sole control over PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY S.A. subject to conditions* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) has cleared today the notified concentration between PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY S.A. (PPA S.A.) and COSCO (HONG (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts remedies proposed by steel producers regarding exchange of information in the context of their trade association (Sidenor)

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The HCC accepts commitments by steel producers regarding the exchange of information in the context of their trade association, while further rejecting complaints about other alleged infringements in the markets for the production, distribution and accreditation of steel products* The HCC (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority updates its "point system" regarding the quantification of the criteria used in the prioritization of cases investigated

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Quantification of the criteria used in the prioritization of cases investigated by the Directorate-General for Competition by means of an updated “Point System”* By its unanimous Decision No. 616/2015 (as published in the Official Journal No. 585/ B’/4.3.2016) the Hellenic Competition Commission (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority issues a provisional order against an undertaking suspected of abuse of dominance in the markets for the production and trade of electricity (Aluminium)

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Adjournment of hearing of interim measures and issuance of provisional order against PPC SA* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) has deferred the hearing of the case concerning ex officio adoption of interim measures against Public Power Corporation S.A. Greece (PPC) until September (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed by nine fuel trading companies to address competition concerns in the retail fuel market (EKO)

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HCC has accepted commitments proposed by 9 fuel trading companies to address competition concerns in the retail fuel market* By a unanimous decision, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) accepted commitments proposed by 9 wholesale fuel companies, namely “HELLENIC FUELS S.A” (former BP (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority imposes fines on one undertaking operating on the retail market for baby diapers for abuse of dominance (Procter & Gamble)

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Infringement decision with fines addressed to Procter & Gamble concerning antitrust violations in the retail market for baby diapers in Greece* Infringement decision with fines addressed to Procter & Gamble concerning antitrust violations in the retail market for baby diapers in Greece (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Authority sends a statement of objections to undertakings for suspected cartel in the steel long products sector (Sidenor / Hellenic Halyvourgia / Halyvourgiki)

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Statement of Objections addressed to companies active in the production and trading of steel products regarding alleged infringements of competition rules * Following the issuing of a Statement of Objections, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) will convene on 29.05.2015 to hear a case (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission examines whether tobacco manufacturers impede competition in the market of tobacco distribution (Papastratos Cigarette Manufacturing Company, British American Tobacco Hellas)

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Investigation of complaints by tobacco distributors against tobacco manufacturers and review of proposed commitments by tobacco manufacturers to meet competition concerns expressed to them by the HCC in its preliminary assessment* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC), in plenary, will (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission clears, following an in-depth investigation, a merger in the market for the production and distribution of beer in Greece (Mythos Brewery / Olympic Brewery)

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The HCC clears the notified merger between Mythos Brewery (a subsidiary of Carlsberg Breweries) and Olympic Brewery * By its unanimous Decision 606/2015, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) approved, on the basis of Art. 8, para. 6 of the Greek Competition Act, the notified (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission issues a Notice on the treatment of confidential information of cases and on the submission of the non-confidential version of documents

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Commission Notice on the treatment of confidential information of cases and on the submission of the non-confidential version of documents* The Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) has issued a Notice on the meaning and treatment of confidential information of cases falling within the ambit (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission sends statement of objections to suspected bid rigging participants in the radio audience measurement market (MRB and FOCUS)

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Statement of Objections addressed to undertakings active in the market of media measurement services regarding an alleged infringement of article 1 Law 3959/2011 (and/ or article 1 Law 703/1977)* Following the issuing of a statement of objections, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) will (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission imposes fines on one undertaking for implementing resale price maintenance practices and a restriction of cross-supplies between distributors/franchisees within its selective distribution network (Germanos)

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The HCC imposes fines on GERMANOS for infringing EU and national competition rules in relation to its franchise network* The HCC imposes fines on GERMANOS for infringing EU and national competition rules in relation to its franchise network Following an extensive investigation, the Hellenic (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the market for chocolate milk and in the market for the procurement of raw milk (Delta / Mevgal)

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Clearance of the proposed acquisition by DELTA of MEVGAL, subject to conditions and obligations* HELLENIC REPUBLIC COMPETITION COMMISSION Athens, 1 December 2014, PRESS RELEASE Clearance of the proposed acquisition by the DELTA of MEVGAL, subject to conditions and obligations. The Hellenic (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission clears an acquisition of sole control in the banking sector (Alpha Bank / Diners Club of Greece Finance Company)

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Clearance of the proposed acquisition by ALPHA BANK S.A. of CITIBANK Ιnternational PLC’s retail banking activities in Greece and of the shares of DINERS CLUB OF GREECE FINANCE COMPANY S.A.* By its unanimous Decision 592/2014, the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) approved, under Greek merger (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission examines whether the commitments proposed by fuel wholesale trading companies resolve the competition concerns it has identified in the petrol stations market (Hellenic Fuels)

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Review of commitments proposed by fuel trading companies with regard to long-term exclusive cooperation agreements concluded between petrol-station operators and such companies.* The competent Chamber of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) will convene on 13 November to examine whether (...)

Hellenic Competition Authority The Hellenic Competition Commission accepts a proposal to revise partly commitments adopted in a previous decision concerning the supply of natural gas through electronic auctions (DEPA)

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Amendment of commitments adopted with decision 551/VII/2012 of the HCC concerning the supply of natural gas through electronic auctions (optimization of gas release programmes)* Following consultation with DEPA customers and in collaboration with the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE), the (...)

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