The Polish Competition Authority proves again that obstruction of an inspection does not pay off and imposes a record-breaking penalty of €33 million for its obstruction (Polkomtel)

An inspection of Polkomtel S.A’s ("Polkomtel" or the "Company") premises took place on 2 December 2009 as part of a number of simulataneous dawn raids carried out by the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (the "OCCP") as part of its investigation into mobile television services. Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa ("PTC") was also raided, and was found to have obstructed the inspection [1]. On 2 December 2009 at 10:30 am, the inspectors entered Polkomtel‘s premises. They introduced themselves as employees of the OCCP and said that they wanted to meet one of the representatives of the Company. When the vice-director met the inspectors, she informed the inspectors that all members of the management board were present. She asked about the scope of the inspection in order

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  • Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak (Warsaw)
  • Hogan Lovells (Warsaw)

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Robert Gago, Ewa Tabor, The Polish Competition Authority proves again that obstruction of an inspection does not pay off and imposes a record-breaking penalty of €33 million for its obstruction (Polkomtel), 24 February 2011, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 35333

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