Danish Competition Authority

Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)

The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority’s role is to maintain well-functioning markets. It enforces the Danish Competition Act and endorses larger business mergers and instructs companies to revoke agreements that limit competition. It acts as secretariat for the Consumer-ombudsman, who supervises compliance with Danish marketing law. It supervises water and waste-water companies. It considers complaints from private consumers related to goods, work and services purchased from traders, and gives advice on the telephone and on the internet about common consumer related questions. It is engaged in producing market analyses and in advising relevant public authorities through the formulation of guidance notes on legal and practical matters.

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Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority finds that a payment cards company has abused of its dominance by using conditional rebates and provisions regarding exclusivity (Teller)

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Teller has abused its dominant position by using rebates conditional on exclusivity and provisions regarding exclusivity* On the 29th of August 2018 the Danish Competition Council (“DCC”) ruled in a case concerning Teller’s (a merchant acquirer) abuse of dominant position by use of rebates (...)

Danish Competition Authority The City Court of Copenhagen fines a real estate chain and an association of real estate agents for unlawful boycott (EDC-Gruppen / Danish Association of Chartered Estate Agents)

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Denmark: Real estate chain and the Danish Association of Chartered Estate Agents sentenced to fines for unlawful boycott* On January 30, 2018, the City Court of Copenhagen passed sentence upon the real estate chain EDC-Gruppen A/S and the Danish Association of Chartered Estate Agents for (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority fines a construction company for exchange of information with a competitor in a bid rigging case (Troels Jørgensen)

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Denmark: Construction company pays fine in settlement for bid rigging* On 11 January 2018, the contruction company Troels Jørgensen A/S entered into a settlement with a competitor for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act. The company accepted to pay a fine of DKK 3,200,000 (€ (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority accepts remedies proposed by companies in a case concerning an agreement on supply of cash handling and transportation services (Loomis)

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Commitment decision on free choice of provider of cash handling and cash transportation services* The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (“DCCA”) has accepted commitments offered by the parties in a case concerning an agreement on supply of cash handling and transportation services. The (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council considers that agreement between service providers on their subscription price for service on natural gas boilers is anticompetitive (HMN)

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Denmark: The Danish Competition Council finds that agreement between service providers on their subscription price for service on natural gas boilers is illegal.* On November 30 2016, The Danish Competition Council (“DCC”) found that HMN Naturgas I/S (“HMN”), DEBRA – Energibranchen (“DEBRA”), (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council issues its recommendations on how to avoid public commercial activities distorting competition with private businesses on commercial markets

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The Competition Council: Tighten up regulation for public players on commercial markets* The Danish Competition Council publishes recommendations on how to avoid public commercial activities distorting competition with private businesses on commercial markets. On May 26th 2016 the Danish (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority announces that three franchisees and one franchisor entered into a settlement for price fixing and market sharing (Lely Nordic)

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Denmark: ”Franchise chain in Denmark pays fine in settlement for fixed selling prices and shared markets of supply with respect to milking robots”* In April 2016, the franchisor Lely Nordic A/S, three Danish franchisees and a person from the management in Lely Nordic A/S entered into a (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority clears a merger, with structural remedies proposed by the undertaking itself, in the market for poultry feed (Danish Agro)

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Divestment of production facilities proves necessary for the approval of agricultural inputs merger* Danish Agro commits itself to divest two production facilities to receive the approval of the merger with Dan Agro, which owns Hedegaard Agro. The merger was approved by the Danish Competition (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council requires of the two largest wholesale distributors of medicine on the Danish market to put an end to their coordination of fees and other trading conditions (Nomeco and Tjellesen Max Jenne)

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Danish wholesale distributors of medicine have infringed competition rules* The Danish Competition Council has required the two largest distributors on the Danish market, Nomeco A/S and Tjellesen Max Jenne A/S, to put an end to their coordination of fees and other trading conditions. Director (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor settles with a construction company guilty of bid rigging and imposes the largest fine ever pronounced in a Danish competition case (Elindco Byggefirma)

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Largest fine ever imposed in a competition case - Construction company pays fine in settlement for bid rigging* On 3 November 2014, the Danish construction company Elindco Byggefirma A/S entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority clears an acquisition of sole control on the production and sale of gas springs market (Triton / Scandinavian Business Seating Holding)

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Approval of Triton’s acquisition of Scandinavian Business Seating Holding AS, cf. Section 12c(2) of the Competition Act* On 11th September 2014, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (“the Authority”) received a full notification of a proposed merger pursuant to Section 12b(1) of the (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor settles charges on a violation of cartel law by allocation of costs and bid rigging in the construction industry (Hansen & Søn)

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Denmark: ”Construction company pays fine in settlement for bid rigging – first case closed in construction industry cartel”* On 14 July 2014, the company N.H. Hansen & Søn (a Danish construction company) entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor settles charges on a violation of cartel law by imposing of resale price maintenance, prevention of parallel imports and passive sales (Witt Hvidevarer)

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Press Release published on the official website of the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority. Denmark: ”Distributor of white goods pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance and prevention of parallel imports and passive sales”* On 10 July, 2014, the company Witt Hvidevarer (a (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor settles charges of of resale price maintenance to some of the company’s dealers and the prevention of parallel imports and passive sales (Witt Hvidevarer)

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Denmark: ”Distributor of white goods pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance and prevention of parallel imports and passive sales”* On 10 July, 2014, the company Witt Hvidevarer (a Danish distributor of white goods) entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council orders the franchisees and the franchisor to stop the passive sales, price fixing and market sharing infringements on the market for robotic milking systems and the adjacent markets (Lely Scandinavia / Danish Lely Centres)

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Franchise chain has fixed selling prices and shared markets of supply with respect to milking robots* On 25 June 2014, the Danish Competition Council (DCC) ruled in a case concerning anticompetitive behavior regarding the market for milking systems, the market for repair and maintenance of (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority intends to closely evaluate the possible advantages and disadvantages associated with tighter regulation of the market for direct debit in Denmark (Betalingsservice)

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Competition analysis of “Betalingsservice”, a Danish direct debit product* The Danish direct debit product, Betalingsservice, is one of the best-known payment solutions in Denmark. Betalingsservice was launched in 1974 by PBS (now Nets Holding) and 95 % of households are using the product. In (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority abolishes commitments, which no longer are necessary for competition in the wholesale market for electricity in Western Denmark (DONG Energy / NESA)

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The Danish Competition Council Abolishes a Commitment from DONG Energy* On 28 May 2014 the Danish Competition Council abolished a commitment from a merger between Elsam (now DONG Energy) and Nesa in 2004. The commitment obliged DONG Energy to auction 600 MW electricity generation capacity (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority conducts a dawn raid in light of a complaint regarding anti-competitive behaviour on the domestic market for payment cards (Teller)

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Denmark: Case against Nets regarding possible abuse of dominance settled with commitments* On 4 December 2012, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (DCCA) conducted a dawn raid on the company Nets Holding A/S (“Nets”) in light of a complaint regarding anti-competitive behavior in the (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council establishes restriction of competition by coordinating tenders regarding winter road maintenance in the municipality of Skive Kommune (Skive Kommune / Skive og Omegns Vognmandsforening)

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Association of undertakings has coordinated tenders illegally* On 30 April 2014 the Danish Competition Council (DCC) ruled that Skive og Omegns Vognmandsforening, an association of undertakings, has restricted competition by coordinating tenders regarding winter road maintenance in the (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council orders professional association to abstain from boycotting an internet portal which provides an easy-to-use online interface that allows quick access to offers on car repair (Association for Auto Repair Shops)

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Denmark: The Association for Auto Repair Shops in Denmark (CAD) has illegally urged its members to boycott Autobutler* The Danish Competition Council has decided that the Association for Auto Repair Shops in Denmark (CAD) has violated the Competition Act by urging its member to boycott (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority settles fines imposed for resale price maintenance between a distributor of hair products and some of its dealers (Coss)

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Denmark: ”Distributor of hair products pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance”* On November 29, 2013, the company Coss (a Danish distributor of hair products) entered into a settlement with the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and accepted to pay a fine of DKK 100.000 (€ (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime grants immunity from sanctions concerning bid rigging in the cleaning industry

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Denmark: ”Immunity in a cartel case granted for the first time”* An undertaking and a natural person in the cleaning industry has been granted immunity from sanctions in a cartel case for the disclosure of information regarding the cartel. It is the first time that the State Prosecutor for (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council accepts new commitments regarding the clubs’ joint sale of media rights for national league football (Superliga)

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Danish Competition Council Accepts New Commitments regarding Danish Football Clubs’ Joint Sale of Media Rights* On 26 February 2014 the Danish Competition Council accepted new commitments offered by the Association of Danish League Clubs regarding the clubs’ joint sale of media rights to Danish (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council accepts commitments concerning exchange of information that might facilitate anticompetitive practices in the constructions sector

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Competition Council accepts commitments from The Danish Construction Association regarding exchange of information agreement* On 18 December 2013 the Danish Competition Council (DCC) accepted commitments from the Danish Construction Association regarding concerns that an exchange of (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council finds the price fixing agreement to constitute a serious violation of the competition act and orders injunction against setting and advertising a fixed price (BoligOne)

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Anti-Competitive Price Fixing Agreement in the Real Estate Business* A small cooperative chain of independent real estate agents – BoligOne – had notified their commercialization agreement to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority. According to the agreement, the parties had i.a. agreed (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority reports a German engine manufacturer and its local distributor for preventing the supply of spare parts for IC3-trains (Deutz)

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The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority reports the German engine manufacturer Deutz AG and the company’s distributor in Denmark to the police* Following a ruling from the Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal, The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority reports the German engine (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council approves commitments concerning an envisaged reorganization on the grocery market (Dagrofa / SuperBest and Spar)

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The Danish Competition Council Accepts Commitments from Dagrofa ApS* On October 23 2013 the Danish Competition Council (“DCC”) adopted a commitment decision that approves an envisaged reorganization of Dagrofa ApS (“Dagrofa”) and the supermarket chains SuperBest and Spar. Dagrofa is the parent (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime settles with a cartel participant, major player in the market for white goods (Miele)

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Miele A/S, Denmark, pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance and prevention of parallel imports on white goods* On July 18, 2013, Miele A/S, Denmark, entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing section 6 of (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council accepts commitments from a purchasing association for pharmacists in relation to decision to exclude a member (Uldum Apotek / A-apoteket)

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Competition Council accepts commitments from Denmark’s largest purchasing association for pharmacists* On 26 June 2013 the Danish Competition Council accepted commitments from A-apoteket – a purchasing association for pharmacists – on the basis of concerns that a decision taken by the association (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council approves modification of merger commitments in relation to an acquisition on the market for supply of pure alcohol (Arcus / Pernod Ricard)

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The Danish Competition Council Approves a Modification of Commitment by Arcus-Gruppen Holding AS to Sell the Aquavit Brand ’’Brøndums’’ On September 26 2012 The Danish Competition Council (“DCC”) cleared the acquisition of Pernod Ricard Denmark A/S by Arcus-Gruppen Holding AS (“Arcus”). The DCC’s (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime settles in a case of resale price maintenance in relation to dealers and the prevention of parallel imports (Bosch / Siemens)

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BSH pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance and prevention of parallel imports on white goods* On April 24, 2013, BSH White Goods entered into a settlement with the Danish Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime for infringing section 6 of the Danish (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority settles with jewellery and watches designing company for an infringement of the prohibition on resale price maintenance (Georg Jensen)

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Georg Jensen pays fine in settlement for resale price maintenance* On January 16, 2013, Georg Jensen (a producer of lifestyle products) entered into a settlement with the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority for infringing section 6 of the Danish Competition Act by imposing resale price (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council finds that TV-channels distributor violated a decision subject to conditions imposed against anti-competitive business terms (Viasat)

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Viasat violates a decision subject to conditions imposed by the Danish Competition Council in the case of Viasat’s business terms* On 27 June 2012, the Danish Competition Council decided that Viasat has violated a decision subject to conditions imposed by the Council in the case of Viasat’s (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority decides not to initiate any further investigation in a case of urging municipalities to sign contracts without initiating public tenders (KMD)

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The IT-company KMD’s strategy to urge municipalities to sign it-contracts with KMD and refrain from initiating public tenders* This case concerns whether the Danish IT-company KMD has breached section 11 in the Danish Competition Regulation and TEUF article 102 by pursuing a strategy to urge (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Public Prosecutor fines an agricultural company who intentionally or by gross negligence failed to correct wrong information relevant for a merger notification (Danish Agro)

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Agricultural company pays fine in settlement for failure to correct wrong information relevant to a merger* On January 9, 2012, a Danish agricultural company entered into a settlement with the Public Prosecutor for infringing section 23 of the Danish Competition Act. The Danish agricultural (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority clears conditionally a case concerning a horizontal production agreement in the mobile telecommunications sector (Telia / Telenor)

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Radio Access Network sharing agreement between Telia Denmark A/S and Telenor A/S* On February 29 2012 the Danish Competition Council (DCC) cleared a case concerning a horizontal production agreement in the mobile telecommunications sector. The clearance is subject to conditions. Telia Denmark (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority cannot intervene against refusal to grant access to Copenhagen airport, because the Danish Traffic Authority has determined that aviation legislation does not allow the establishment of a passenger terminal owned by a third party

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Aviation legislation prevents competition in Copenhagen Airport* Københavns Lufthavne A/S (CPH) limits competition when it refuses a new, competing terminal operator – Airport Terminal A ApS (TA) - access to Copenhagen airport. The Danish Competition Council can not intervene because the Danish (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Authority settles a case in which a trade association and the six largest cooperative chains of independent estate agents have been involved in anti-competitive boycott agreements against one particular property search portal (Boliga.dk)

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Anti-Competitive Boycott Agreements in The Real Estate Business* On January 25, 2012, the Danish Competition Council settled a case, in which more than 65 per cent of the Danish real estate business, including the trade association and the six largest cooperative chains of independent estate (...)

Danish Competition Authority The Danish Competition Council decides that State aid granted by a municipality to a supermarket by renting out land on favourable terms restricts competition (Furesø)

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State aid granted by the municipality of Furesø to a supermarket restricts competition* The Danish Competition Council decided on 21st of December 2011 that State aid granted by the municipality of Furesø to a supermarket by renting out land on favourable terms restricts competition. In 1979 a (...)

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