The Czech Competition Authority annuls a first-instance decision concerning an alleged discrimination by a car manufacturer of leasing companies (Skoda)

By a decision on appeal rendered on 3 February, 2006, the President of the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition has annulled a first instance decision according to which ŠKODA AUTO a.s. (“Škoda”), a Czech car manufacturer belonging to the Volkswagen group, had allegedly abused of its dominant position on the Czech market of new motor vehicles by applying discriminatory conditions to certain of its large-scale customers. The original investigation was initiated in 2004 on the basis of complaints by leasing companies providing operational leasing services, who argued that they were not being offered the same level of discounts as other large-scale customers and were denied the conclusion of framework sale contracts by Škoda. The first-instance body of the

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  • Wolf Theiss (Prague)
  • Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague)

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Robert Pelikán, Jan Převrátil, The Czech Competition Authority annuls a first-instance decision concerning an alleged discrimination by a car manufacturer of leasing companies (Skoda), 3 February 2006, e-Competitions February 2006, Art. N° 481

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