UNILATERAL PRACTICES : EXCLUSIONARY ABUSE – DISCRIMINATION – UNDERTAKING

Exclusionary abuse : The European Commission imposes a € 1 m fine on the Romanian electricity exchange for discrimination between domestic and other EU traders by means of a mandatory local VAT registration (Romanian Power Exchange)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Decisions by which the Commission finds an infringement in the field of abuse of a dominant position have become rare. It is only in this respect that the decision against the Romanian Power Exchange (OPCOM) is noteworthy. For the rest, it does not bring any major novelty. The practices complained of by the operator of the electricity markets in Romania were not sophisticated and did not require any economic analysis. It was a practice of pure and simple discrimination on grounds of nationality or, more precisely, on grounds of the operators' place of establishment. OPCOM imposed a cost that only traders established in a Member State other than Romania had

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Anne-Lise Sibony, Exclusionary abuse : The European Commission imposes a € 1 m fine on the Romanian electricity exchange for discrimination between domestic and other EU traders by means of a mandatory local VAT registration (Romanian Power Exchange), 5 March 2014, Concurrences N° 3-2014, Art. N° 67849, pp. 95-98

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