The General Court slightly reduces the fine in a case of abuse of dominance in the telecom sector to account for the Commission’s failure to establish exclusionary effects over limited period (Slovak Telekom)

On 13 December 2018, the General Court (the “GC”) issued a judgment upholding in large part an October 2014 decision of the European Commission (the “Commission”) against Slovak Telekom, in which it found that Slovak Telekom had abused its dominant position by engaging in a constructive refusal to supply and margin squeeze from August 2005 to at least December 2010. However, the GC found that the Commission had failed to establish the exclusionary effects of the margin squeeze for a period of several months at the beginning of the infringement period, leading to a fine reduction of € 776,037 (Case T-851/14, Slovak Telekom v. Commission). Background Slovak Telekom held a legal monopoly in the Slovakian telecommunications market prior to 2000. By virtue of Regulation 2887/2000

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Tim Kasten, The General Court slightly reduces the fine in a case of abuse of dominance in the telecom sector to account for the Commission’s failure to establish exclusionary effects over limited period (Slovak Telekom), 13 December 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88965

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