The Hungarian Competition Authority closes proceedings against alleged abusive prices on the terrestrial broadcasting services market under both Hungarian and EU laws governing the use of unfair prices (Antenna Hungária)

The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) held a procedure ex officio against the company Antenna Hungária under allegations of abuse of a dominant position on the market by setting excessive prices. Background / Facts of the case Antenna Hungária provides terrestrial broadcasting services for the main television and radio channels on the whole territory of Hungary. By analyzing the specifics of the industry we shall observe that pursuant to the Act on Prices (Act LXXXVII of 1990) the Minister fixes the highest price, or “ceiling price”, that can be charged for broadcasting services, without however setting any “floor prices”. It is worth noting that the practice of administrative prices will soon cease as it is deemed to be contradictory to EC law. Proceedings / Applicable law The abuse of

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  • Gide Loyrette Nouel (Budapest)
  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)

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Borbála Ivány, Ákos Kovách, The Hungarian Competition Authority closes proceedings against alleged abusive prices on the terrestrial broadcasting services market under both Hungarian and EU laws governing the use of unfair prices (Antenna Hungária), 27 July 2006, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 12385

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