The Hungarian Competition Authority fines the State railways incumbent for abuse of a dominant position after the liberalization of the rail transport market (Máv)

Background / Facts of the case The Hungarian rail transport market was liberalized upon the accession of Hungary to the European Union on May 1, 2004. As a consequence, the railway authorities must ensure non-discriminatory access to railways to new market entrants. At the date of accession there were two operators in the market: (i) Magyar Államvasutak Zártköruen (“MÁV”), Hungary's national railway company that manages the state-owned public railways and provides rail passenger and freight services, and (ii) Gyor-Sopron-Ebenfurt Vasút Rt. (“GySEV”), a partly privately-owned Austrian-Hungarian railway company, providing rail passenger and freight services in the western part of Hungary. The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) initiated a procedure on February 9th, 2005 against MÁV further to

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  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)
  • CCEE-Lawyers (Budapest)

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Ákos Kovách, Anikó Kertész, The Hungarian Competition Authority fines the State railways incumbent for abuse of a dominant position after the liberalization of the rail transport market (Máv), 10 July 2006, e-Competitions July 2006, Art. N° 12631

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