The Czech High Court upholds that the largest national producer of electricity violates its dominant position by discriminating against one of its long-term brown coal suppliers (ČEZ)

I. Introduction On 23 October 2001, the High Court in Olomouc upheld the decision of the President of the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (the «Office»), which imposed a fine of CZK 7,500,000 on the company ČEZ, a. s., the largest producer of electricity in the Czech Republic («ČEZ»). ČEZ was held liable for abusing a dominant market position in the use of brown coal for the production of electricity. II. Summary of proceedings In the first instance decision, issued by the Office on 17 January 2000, it was established that ČEZ violated its dominant position by discriminating against one of its long-term brown coal suppliers, the company Mostecká uhelná společnost, a. s. («MUS», now Czech Coal Services, a. s.) without any objective justification. ČEZ made an estimate for

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David Emr, Barbora Dubanská, The Czech High Court upholds that the largest national producer of electricity violates its dominant position by discriminating against one of its long-term brown coal suppliers (ČEZ), 23 October 2001, e-Competitions Bulletin Energy & Dominance, Art. N° 21229

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