Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)

Polish Competition Authority

Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)

The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is a central authority of the state administration. They report directly to the Prime Minister, who appoints them from amongst the persons selected by way of an open and competitive contest. The President of the Office is responsible for shaping the antitrust policy and consumer protection policy. The primary antitrust instrument used by the President of the Office are proceedings concerning competition restricting practices, i.e. abuses of a dominant position and prohibited agreements (cartels). The proceedings may end in a decision ordering the enterprise involved to cease the activities in question and pay a fine. The President of the Office is also authorised to control mergers in order to prevent situations where as a result of a merger a dominant entity is created on the market. Since 2004 the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has been providing its opinion on state aid schemes and individual state aid decisions before their notification to the European Commission, which is the only body with the power to determine state aid’s compliance with the Single Market. Based on reports from the granting entities and beneficiaries, UOKiK prepares annual reports on state aid, evaluating its effectiveness, efficiency and impact on competition.

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Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority obliges an association of marketing agencies to stop affecting its members’ independence in tenders and stop organizing unauthorized exchanges of information (Marketing Communication Association SAR)

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Marketing Communication Association SAR to change its practices* The Marketing Communication Association SAR affected the independence of its members in tenders and organized unauthorized exchange of information. President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has obliged the Association to change its (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority clears first merger under new rules for protecting companies of strategic national importance during COVID-19 (H&F Corporate Investors VIII / The Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments)

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Investment control - first decision of the President of UOKIK* H&F Fund from the Cayman Islands granted consent to take over the Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments S.A. The transaction does not pose a threat to security, order or public health. This is the first decision of (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority opens investigation into unfair use of contractual advantage by largest national food wholesaler against its suppliers (Eurocash)

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Unfounded Eurocash fees - charges of the President of UOKiK* President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny checks the practices of Eurocash company towards suppliers of agricultural and food products. The allegations concern unfounded collection of additional fees. The main business of Eurocash is (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority imposes maximum fine on 6 companies participating in the construction of a gas pipeline due to lack of approval for the joint venture (Gazprom / Nord Stream 2)

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Nord Stream 2 - maximum penalties imposed by UOKiK President* Tomasz Chróstny, President of UOKiK, has imposed a penalty of over PLN 29 bn on Gazprom, and of over PLN 234 mln on 5 remaining companies participating in the construction of the gas pipeline - as a result of the lack of approval for (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority imposes fines for failure to report concentration and for failure to provide information during a market study on two companies in the gas market (AmeriGas / Linde Gaz)

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Concentration control - fines imposed by the President of UOKiK* Fines for concentration without the consent of the President of the Office and for failure to provide information during the proceedings - these are the latest decisions of the President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny regarding (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority initiates investigation into the relations between broadcasters and operators of cable TV and digital platforms following complaints on the methods of selling TV shows by broadcasters

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President of UOKiK will check practices of TV broadcasters* Does the sale of TV packages to operators, including cable networks, by broadcasters hinder competition ? Do the broadcasters leverage their market position in the advertising market ? This will be the subject of explanatory (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority fines six manufacturers of wooden railroad sleepers for bid rigging (Track Tec / Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe / Sleeper Treatment Plant in Czeremcha / Sleeper Treatment Plant in Koźmin Wielkopolski / ThyssenKrupp / Trade-Port)

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Bid rigging - decision of the president of UOKiK* President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny imposed a fine of over PLN 13.5 million on six manufacturers of wooden railroad sleepers. The entrepreneurs entered into a bid rigging for the delivery of products for PKP PLK. The following entrepreneurs (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority announces it will check a national e-commerce platforms’ practices for cooperation practices with its sellers (Allegro)

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President of UOKiK will check practices of Allegro* What are the conditions of cooperation between Allegro and its users ? President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has instigated an investigation procedure concerning the practices of Allegro to check whether there might have been any violations of (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority imposes penalties on producers of feed for breeding animals for engaging in market sharing and concluding restricting agreements (Polmass / Ekoplon)

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President of UOKiK has imposed penalties of more than PLN 17 million for market division scheme* Producers of feed for breeding animals – Polmass and Ekoplon – have concluded competition-restricting agreements. They shared two markets, thus limiting customers in their free selection of products. (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority initiates proceedings against the largest sugar producers in Poland for engaging in contractual advantages against farmers (Pfeifer / Langen)

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President of UOKiK presses charges against Pfeifer&Langen* President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has initiated proceedings against Pfeifer & Langen Polska. The company may have been using its contractual advantage against farmers. The Office is also going to examine the practices of other (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority issues a decision in a bid rigging case and confirms that companies transporting pupils were illegally influencing the results of public procurements (Jakubas)

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Bid rigging - decision of the President of UOKiK* President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has issued his decision in a bid rigging case. The companies transporting the pupils were illegally influencing the results of public procurements - if their proposals were the most advantageous, then the (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority fines gas company the equivalent of €50M for failure to cooperate in the investigation into the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline (Gazprom)

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Nord Stream 2 - President of UOKiK imposes penalty on Gazprom* President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has imposed a penalty of PLN almost 213 mln on Gazprom for failure to cooperate in the investigation conducted in relation to the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Such an obligation (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority completes its initial activities towards the biggest 100 companies in the agri-food market and initiates proceedings against 4 commercial retail chains for unfair use of contractual advantages (Auchan Polska / Eurocash / Makro Cash and Carry Polska / Intermarche)

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UOKiK’s further proceedings in the agri-food sector* UOKiK has completed its activities towards one hundred of the biggest players on the agri-food market, which were conducted under the Act on Contractual Advantage. In the course of the UOKiK’s proceedings, the majority of entrepreneurs (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority clears merger subject to the resulting corporate group’s accepting to sell two fuel stations (BP Europa / Arge Paliwa / Arge Nieruchomości)

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Conditional approval for concentration : BP - Arge* The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) issued an approval for acquisition, by BP Europa, of control over Arge Paliwa and Arge Nieruchomości. The Transaction may become effective under the condition that the acquiring (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority fines two transport companies for allocating the local passenger transport market between themselves (PKS / Rafbus)

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Prohibited market allocation scheme in the passenger transport* Two undertakings allocated the local passenger transport market between themselves. The initiator of the agreement was PKS in Piła. A fine of more than PLN 95,000 was imposed on the company for the infringement of competition. The (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority conducts investigation into company takeover and concludes that the resulting concentration restricts competition in the national market (PKPE / Elester-PKP)

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Concentration concern : PKPE Holding and Elester-PKP* > UOKiK has issued a competition concern regarding the takeover of Elester-PKP by PKPE Holding. > The concentration may result in a restriction of competition. > The concern is by no means determinative of the possible final ruling in (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the wholesale and retail sale of everyday consumer goods market (Dystrybucja Alkoholi / Eurocash)

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CONDITIONAL CONCENTRATION CLEARANCE : EUROCASH - PDA* The President of the Office of Competition and Customer Protection (UOKiK) gave his consent to a takeover of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi by Eurocash. The transaction may take place providing the purchase of a warehouse in Pabianice is (...)

Polish Competition Authority The Polish Competition Authority clears the creation of a joint undertaking in the power generation and distribution market (Polska Grupa Energetyczna / Polska Miedź)

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The OCCP approves the formation of PGE EJ 1* The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (OCCP) has approved the formation of PGE EJ 1, a joint undertaking of the energy groups PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Tauron, and Enea and of the mining group KGHM Polska Miedź to build Poland’s (...)

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