The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions as abusive the uniform prices that a monopolistic supplier of heating energy used to charge on its downstream competitors in the heat-measurement sector of Sofia (Toplofikatsia Sofia)

1. Further to a rather uncommon signal by the Supreme Administrative Public Prosecutor’s Office in July 2013, the Bulgarian competition authority commenced, on its own motion, proceedings against several undertakings active in Sofia’s heating utility sector. The proceedings included on-site inspections, forensic imaging of computer hard drives and a special oral hearing of Toplofikatsia Sofia AD at its own request. In its final decision of 14 May 2014 [1], the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) most notably sanctioned Toplofikatsia Sofia AD for abusing its monopolistic position by restricting price competition downstream through uniform prices charged on competitors providing heat-measurement services. I. Facts 2. Toplofikatsia Sofia AD, has since 2000, operated several

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Anton Dinev, The Bulgarian Competition Authority sanctions as abusive the uniform prices that a monopolistic supplier of heating energy used to charge on its downstream competitors in the heat-measurement sector of Sofia (Toplofikatsia Sofia) , 14 May 2014, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 68781

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