The Hungarian Court of Appeal upholds NCA’s decision and reduces fines in IT procurement case (University cartel)

The background of the case In 2004, the Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) launched proceedings against International System House Kft. (ISH), SAP Hungary Kft. (SAP) and International Business Machines Magyarország Kft. (IBM) for bid-rigging in public procurement. The tenders in question aimed to provide five Hungarian universities with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and clinical systems software for the three universities with medical faculties. Four universities opted for two-stage public procurement proceedings, inviting only a limited number of bidders to the second stage. ISH made the shortlist in every instance, IBM four times. In each case, they named each other, as well as SAP as their subcontractors involved in more than 10% of the works. They won all tenders, but

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Eszter Ritter, Orsolya Staniszewski, The Hungarian Court of Appeal upholds NCA’s decision and reduces fines in IT procurement case (University cartel), 10 October 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2012, Art. N° 61084

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