The Czech Competition Authority states that a bus station operator’s refusal of access to a facility amounts to abuse of a dominant position even if the conditions of the essential facilities doctrine are not met (ČSAD Liberec)

On 6 June 2005 the Czech Republic's Office for the Protection of Competition (“the Office”) issued a decision whereby it established that a bus service and station operator in a Czech city abused its dominant position when it refused to allow a competing carrier to use its bus station for despatching coach services between that city and an other one. This decision was challenged in a remonstrance, and it therefore is not yet final. The decision is interesting primarily because of the way in which the Office has applied the essential facilities doctrine in this case; in the Czech analogy of Article 82 of the Treaty of the European Communities (Section 11 of the Act on the Protection

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