The Polish Competition Authority reduces severe penalty imposed by its President for obstructing inspections during a dawn raid (Polkomtel)

On 18 June 2014, the Polish Court for the Competition and Consumer Protection (“SOKiK”) changed the decision issued by the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (“NCA”) in which Polish mobile telecom operator (Polkomtel) was fined for non-cooperation in the course of a dawn raid. SOKiK found that NCA’s officials have made some procedural errors which violated Polkomtel’s fundamental rights. In result SOKiK has decided to reduce the penalty of EUR 33.000.000 (equivalent to ca. PLN 130.689.900) to EUR 1.000.000 (equivalent to ca. PLN 3.960.300). Facts NCA’s inspections In December 2009, NCA’s officials carried out inspections at the premises of several Polish mobile telecom operators, including Polkomtel. NCA suspected that Poland’s biggest mobile telephony operators

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Przemysław Rybicki, The Polish Competition Authority reduces severe penalty imposed by its President for obstructing inspections during a dawn raid (Polkomtel), 18 June 2014, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 73721

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