The Swedish Market Court rejects action for alleged abuse of dominant position in the electricity sector (Ekfors)

Background The electricity company, Ekfors AB (Ekfors) had provided electricity to two communes in the north of Sweden, Övertornea and Happaranda (the communes) for almost 50 years. In 2002, Ekfors announced that it was planning to raise the price for the provision of electricity for road and street lights in the communes. Every year the lights were switched on between 15 August and 15 May. In 2004, the communes received their first bill after the announced price increase. As it then appeared that the price had more than doubled, the communes chose to pay a price they found reasonable while seeking to negotiate a new price with Ekfors. However, for the season 2006/2007, Ekfors decided to not switch on the street and road lights in the two communes until they had settled the remainder.

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  • General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
  • SNP Schlawien (Munich)

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Anders Flood, Andreas Jasper, The Swedish Market Court rejects action for alleged abuse of dominant position in the electricity sector (Ekfors), 15 November 2007, e-Competitions November 2007, Art. N° 15760

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