The Polish competition authority fines two rail traffic control system suppliers for bid-rigging (Thales / Qumak)

Summary Following the year-long antitrust proceeding initiated in December 2013, the UOKiK Chairperson fined Thales Polska sp. z o.o. with its registered seat in Warsaw (“Thales”) and Qumak S.A. with its registered seat in Warsaw (“Qumak”), having found that these two companies had entered into an anticompetitive agreement. These two companies stood accused of coordinating their offers submitted in the tender organized in September 2011 by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (“PKP PLK”) in connection with the modernization of the railway line between Warsaw and Radom. In the course of its investigation, the authority established that the offers were almost identical. This was to a large extent due to Thales acting as Qumak’s major subcontractor. This allowed Thales to de facto participate twice

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Pawel Wanasz, The Polish competition authority fines two rail traffic control system suppliers for bid-rigging (Thales / Qumak), 30 December 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2014, Art. N° 74663

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