Portuguese Competition Authority

Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)

The Competition Authority’s mission is to ensure compliance with the competition rules in Portugal. The Authority follows the most recent principles on creating European anti-trust regulatory institutions and has substancial independence with regard to the government and other state bodies. It envisages itself as being a centre of excellence in competition matters in Portugal, fulfilling its role as a partner institution in the European network of Competition Regulators.

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Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues statements of objections to 6 large supermarket chains and 2 drink suppliers for price fixing (Modelo Continente / Pingo Doce / Auchan / Sumol+Compal / Sogrape / Lidl / Intermarché / E-Leclerc)

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New case in the retail sector: AdC issues Statements of Objections to six supermarket chains and two drink suppliers for price fixing, harmful to consumers* The AdC – Portuguese Competition Authority issued Statements of Objections to 6 large food retail chain groups and 2 suppliers, one of (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues a statement of objections to food retail groups and a supplier of pre-packaged bread and substitutes and cakes for price fixing (Modelo Continente / Pingo Doce / Auchan / Bimbo Donuts)

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AdC issues Statement of Objections to supermarket chains and bread supplier for price fixing, harmful to consumers* The AdC – Portuguese Competition Authority issued a Statement of Objections (SO) to three large food retail groups and a supplier of pre-packaged bread and substitutes and cakes, (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority imposes on the national football league a precautionary measure to suspend its no-poaching agreement, invoking issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (Portuguese Professional Football League)

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Covid - 19: AdC imposes precautionary measure on the Portuguese Football League that suspends no-poach agreement* The AdC ordered the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP in Portuguese) to immediately suspend the no-poach agreement, an agreement to not recruit or hire another clubs’ (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues guidance aimed at 3 business associations in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors reaffirming the need to apply competition rules during the COVID-19 pandemic (National Association of Pharmacies / Portuguese Banking Association / Association of Specialized Credit Institutions)

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Covid-19: AdC warns associations of the need to comply with competition rules* The Competition Authority (AdC) issued guidance aimed at three business associations in the pharmaceutical and financial sectors, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, reaffirming the need to apply competition (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority publishes the final version of its report on minimum contract duration clauses and insists on enhancing freedom of choice for consumers particularly important in the context of social distancing due to COVID-19 outbreak

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Telecoms: the AdC publishes the final version of its report on minimum contract duration clauses and insists on enhancing freedom of choice for consumers* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) has published the final version of its report on “Loyalty policies in (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a hospital for gun jumping but accepts payment of the fine in multiple installments not to negatively affect the hospital’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve)

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AdC fines Hospital Particular do Algarve for gun-jumping* The AdC fined Hospital Particular do Algarve, SA (HPA) in the total amount of 155,000 euros for acquiring sole control of Hospital de S. Gonçalo de Lagos S.A. (HSGL) without prior notification of the acquisition and, consequently, (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority warns all market participants that it will continue to stay vigilant against anticompetitive practices that exploit the special situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

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AdC assures vigilance of anticompetitive practices that exploit current situation* In times of great collective effort, the AdC wishes to assure that it remains particularly vigilant in its mission. This includes the detection of possible anticompetitive practices that exploit the current (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines five companies and five board members or directors involved in a cartel in railway maintenance (Construções / Técnica Ferroviárias / Somafel / Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias)

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AdC adopts sanctioning decision which concludes proceedings against railway maintenance companies with a total fine of €3.4 M and disqualification of participation in public tenders* The AdC (Portuguese Competition Authority) today adopted a sanctioning decision that concludes the process (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a company for abuse of dominance in the market for secondary reserve services (EDP Produção)

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AdC imposes fine of 48 million euros on EDP Produção for abuse of dominance* The AdC (Autoridade da Concorrência – Portuguese Competition Authority) imposed a fine of 48 million euros on EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A., (EDP Produção), for abuse of dominance in the market for secondary reserve (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a brewing company for engaging in resale price maintenance practices in hotels, restaurants and cafés (Super Bock)

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AdC sanctioned Super Bock for fixing minimum resale prices in hotels, restaurants and cafes* The AdC (Autoridade da Concorrência) sanctioned Super Bock Bebidas S.A., one board member and one director of the company to fines of €24 million for fixing minimum resale prices and other commercial (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority accuses two advertising associations of restricting competition in the advertisement services market by setting rules to prevent the participation of its associates in tenders (APAN / APAP)

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AdC accuses Portuguese advertisers and advertising agencies of limiting the normal functioning of the market* The AdC (Autoridade da Concorrência) accuses the Portuguese advertisers association APAN (Associação Portuguesa de Anunciantes) and the advertising agencies association APAP (Associação (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority opens an in-depth investigation regarding a merger in the real estate investment funds market (Fidelidade-Saudeinveste / Imofid)

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AdC started a phase II investigation on Fidelidade / Saudeinveste and Imofid merger* The AdC (Autoridade da Concorrência) decided to open a phase II investigation on the merger involving the acquisition by Fidelidade of two real estate investment funds, previously managed by a managing entity (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines two companies and one of its managers for participating in a horizontal agreement in the railway maintenance services sector (Mota-Engil / Engenharia e Construção)

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AdC sanctions an undertaking and its manager for anticompetitive practices in the sector of railway maintenance services* The AdC imposed fines totalling 906.485,58 euros on Mota-Engil – Engenharia e Construção, S.A., and one of its managers, for participating in a horizontal agreement (cartel), (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues statements of objections to supermarket chains and beverage suppliers for price fixing (Modelo Continente / Pingo Doce / Auchan and Intermarché / Lidl / E. Leclerc)

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AdC issues Statements of Objections to supermarket chains and beverage suppliers for price fixing, harmful to consumers* The AdC – Portuguese Competition Authority issued three Statements of Objections to six large food retail groups in Portugal and three beverage suppliers for taking part in (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines two insurance companies for market sharing (Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros / Multicare – Seguros de Saúde)

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AdC imposes fines of €12 million on insurance companies for cartel settlement* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) imposed fines in the total amount of €12 million on the insurers Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros and Multicare – Seguros de Saúde for market (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority presents three recommendations to the Government and administrations to improve competition in the maritime ports sector

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Ports: AdC presents three recommendations to the Government and administrations to improve competition in the sector * The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência, AdC) recommends to the Government and port authorities the adoption of measures to promote competition in the (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines an undertaking and its manager for bid-rigging in the railway maintenance services sector (Sacyr Neopul)

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AdC sanctions an undertaking and its manager for anticompetitive practices in the sector of railway maintenance services.* The AdC imposed fines totalling 365,400 euros on Sacyr Neopul S.A., and its production manager, for participating in a horizontal agreement (cartel) that resulted in price (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues its final version of the Issues Paper on the “Technological Innovation and Competition in the Financial Sector in Portugal”

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The AdC has published the final version of the Issues Paper “Technological Innovation and Competition in the Financial Sector in Portugal”, in which warns of the risks in PSD2’s implementation* The AdC has approved the final version of the Issues Paper “Technological Innovation and Competition in (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority sends a statement of objections to five railway maintenance companies and their directors and managers for alleged involvement in a cartel (Construções e Técnicas Ferroviárias / Indústrias Ferroviárias / Engenharia e Construção / Sociedade de Estudos e Construções / Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias)

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AdC issues Statement of Objections to 5 companies and 6 directors and managers for cartel in railway maintenance companies* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) issued a Statement of Objections to railway maintenance companies of Mota-Engil, Comsa, Somague, (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority issues statement of objections to a company for abuse of dominance to the detriment of consumers in the electricity market (EDP Produção)

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The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) issued a Statement of Objections against EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A. (EDP Produção) for abuse of dominance in the market, a practice that led to price increases in electricity paid by Portuguese consumers. The AdC (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority sends a statement of objection to five insurance companies and their directors and managers for participating in a cartel (Fidelidade / Multicare / Seguros de Saúde / Seguradoras Unidas / Zurich Insurance)

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AdC issues Statement of Objections to 5 insurance companies and 14 directors and managers for participating in a cartel * The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) issued a Statement of Objections to the insurance companies Fidelidade – Companhia de Seguros, (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority sends a statement of objections to an undertaking over possible resale price maintenance of its products in hotels, restaurants and cafés (Super Bock)

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AdC issues Statement of Objections to Super Bock for fixing minimum resale prices of beverages in hotels, restaurants and cafes* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) issued a Statement of Objections to Super Bock Bebidas S.A. for suspicion of behavior (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority renders legally binding a set of remedies that expand the scope of postal network access offer of a postal operator to competing operators (CTT)

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AdC’s intervention expands the scope of CTT postal network access offer to competing operators and broadens consumer choice* The Portuguese Competition Authority (AdC) adopted a decision which renders legally binding a set of commitments that expand the scope of CTT’s Postal Network Access Offer (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority identifies barriers to entry of new FinTech firms and recommends measures to promote choice for consumers and companies

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The AdC identifies barriers to entry of new FinTech firms and recommends measures to promote choice for consumers and companies in financial services in Portugal* The Portuguese Competition Authority - Autoridade da Concorrência (AdC), identified barriers to entry of new firms based on (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority sends a statement of objections to a company specialized in standard mail services suspected to abuse of dominance (CTT)

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The Portuguese Competition Authority sends Statement of Objections to CTT – Correios de Portugal S.A.* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência – AdC) confirms having sent a Statement of Objections to CTT – Correios de Portugal S.A. (CTT) outlining its preliminary view that (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority opens a market inquiry concerning the commitments proposed by a supermarket suspected of resale price maintenance (Dia)

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DIA Portugal offers commitments to the PCA* On 3 April 2014, the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) opened proceedings against DIA Portugal Supermercados, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda. (DIA Portugal), for alleged infringement of national competition rules in the context of the Franchise (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority fines an association of pharmacists for abuse of dominance on the pharmacies’ commercial data market (ANF)

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The Portuguese Competition Authority fined ANF Group for abusing its dominant position* The Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) has imposed fines of € 10.340.000 on ANF (Associação Nacional das Farmácias) and three companies of the ANF Group (Farminveste – S.G.P.S., S.A., Farminveste – (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority receives commitments from a car manufacturer ending competition concerns regarding motor vehicles warranties (SIVA)

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SIVA offers commitments to the Portuguese Competition Authority regarding motor vehicles warranties* The Portuguese Competition Authority has opened proceedings against SIVA – Sociedade de Importação de Veículos Automóveis, S.A., the Portuguese importer of Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda brands, for (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority imposes a fine on a rail transport company for providing false, inaccurate and incomplete information in the context of an antitrust investigation (CP Carga)

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AdC fines CP Carga for providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information* The Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) has imposed a fine of € 100.000,00 on CP CARGA, for providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information further to a request of the AdC, in the (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority receives commitments proposed by a car manufacturer to end the competition concerns regarding motor vehicles warranties (Ford)

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Ford offers commitments to the Portuguese Competition Authority regarding motor vehicles warranties* The Portuguese Competition Authority has opened proceedings against Ford Lusitana, S.A. (Ford) for alleged infringements of the competition rules, on January 2015. The Portuguese Competition (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority converts into mandatory conditions the commitments proposed by a car manufacturer in the market of motor vehicle warranties (Peugeot)

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The PCA converts into mandatory conditions the commitments presented by Peugeot Portugal regarding motor vehicle warranties* The Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) converts into mandatory conditions all the commitments presented by Peugeot Portugal Automóveis, S.A. (Peugeot), in order to (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Portuguese Competition Authority declares the extinction of the merger proceedings following an in-depth investigation in the field of outdoor advertising (JCDecaux / Cemusa)

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The PCA declared the extinction of the proceedings of the JCDecaux/Cemusa merger* On March 19, 2015, the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA) declared the extinction of the merger proceedings concerning the acquisition of sole control of Cemusa by JCDecaux, in the field of outdoor (...)

Portuguese Competition Authority The Lisbon Court of Appeal upholds the decision of the Portuguese Competition Authority against a sport channels for abuse of dominance in the market of conditional-access premium sports TV channels (Sport TV)

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Portuguese Competition Authority’s decision against Sport TV confirmed by the Lisbon Court of Appeal* The Lisbon Court of Appeal confirmed the Portuguese Competition Authority’s (PCA) decision against Sport TV for abusing its dominant position in the market of conditional-access premium sports (...)

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