The Hungarian Competition Authority states that an increase in prices above the inflation by a dominant local cable operator does not amount to an abuse of dominant position (Dual-Plus)

The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) led a procedure ex officio against Dual-Plus Kereskedelmi és Szolgáltató Kft. (Dual-Plus) under allegations of abuse of a dominant position on the market, manifested through price increases well above the inflation rate. It rendered its decision on October 27, 2005 (Dual-Plus Kereskedelmi és Szolgáltató Kft., Vj-48/2005) Proceedings, applicable law Abuse of dominant position are prohibited by Article 82 of the EC Treaty as well as by Hungarian national competition law. In assessing the scope of legislation relevant to this case the HCO looked at Article 5 of the European Council Regulation (EC) n° 1/2003, of 16 December 2002, on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty (OJEU L 1, 4 january 2003, p.

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Jean-Charles Albitre, The Hungarian Competition Authority states that an increase in prices above the inflation by a dominant local cable operator does not amount to an abuse of dominant position (Dual-Plus), 27 October 2005, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 558

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