A Hungarian Court annuls the decision of the Competition Office having found guilty construction companies of bid rigging taking into account lack of proof of single and continuous infringement (Heves – Nógrád county tenders)

I. Introduction On 19 April 2011, the Metropolitan Court of Budapest (the “Court”) annulled the decision of the Hungarian Competition Office (“HCO”) that EGÚT Egri Útépítő Zrt. (“EGÚT”) and Strabag Építő Zrt. (“Strabag”) were guilty of bid rigging and cancelled the fine that was imposed. The Court ordered the HCO to reopen the case and set the fine again on the basis that the single and continuous infringement was held to be ungrounded. II. Background of the judgment In its decision dated 29 January 2009, the HCO imposed a fine of HUF 1.2 billion (approximately EUR 4.5 million) on EGÚT, HUF 1.7 billion (approximately EUR 6.4 million) on Strabag and HUF 6 million (approximately EUR 22,600) on Colas Dunántúli Út- és Vasútépítő Zrt. (“Colas Dunántúli”) for participating in bid rigging concerning

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Zsuzsanna Németh, A Hungarian Court annuls the decision of the Competition Office having found guilty construction companies of bid rigging taking into account lack of proof of single and continuous infringement (Heves – Nógrád county tenders), 19 April 2011, e-Competitions April 2011, Art. N° 35772

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