Polish Competition Authority

Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)

The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is a central authority of the state administration. They report directly to the Prime Minister, who appoints them from amongst the persons selected by way of an open and competitive contest. The President of the Office is responsible for shaping the antitrust policy and consumer protection policy. The primary antitrust instrument used by the President of the Office are proceedings concerning competition restricting practices, i.e. abuses of a dominant position and prohibited agreements (cartels). The proceedings may end in a decision ordering the enterprise involved to cease the activities in question and pay a fine. The President of the Office is also authorised to control mergers in order to prevent situations where as a result of a merger a dominant entity is created on the market. Since 2004 the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has been providing its opinion on state aid schemes and individual state aid decisions before their notification to the European Commission, which is the only body with the power to determine state aid’s compliance with the Single Market. Based on reports from the granting entities and beneficiaries, UOKiK prepares annual reports on state aid, evaluating its effectiveness, efficiency and impact on competition.

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1720 Bulletin

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority fines two transport companies for allocating the local passenger transport market between themselves (PKS / Rafbus)

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Prohibited market allocation scheme in the passenger transport* Two undertakings allocated the local passenger transport market between themselves. The initiator of the agreement was PKS in Piła. A fine of more than PLN 95,000 was imposed on the company for the infringement of competition. The (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Office clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the wholesale and retail sale of everyday consumer goods market (Dystrybucja Alkoholi / Eurocash)

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Conditional concentration clearance: Eurocash - PDA* The President of the Office of Competition and Customer Protection (UOKiK) gave his consent to a takeover of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi by Eurocash. The transaction may take place providing the purchase of a warehouse in Pabianice is (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority clears the creation of a joint undertaking in the power generation and distribution market (Polska Grupa Energetyczna / Polska Miedź)

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The OCCP approves the formation of PGE EJ 1* The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) has approved the formation of PGE EJ 1, a joint undertaking of the energy groups PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Tauron, and Enea and of the mining group KGHM Polska Miedź to build Poland’s (...)

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