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The Czech Constitutional Court declares that in the period preceding the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU, the rights guaranteed by the Constitution were not infringed by the Czech competition authorities basing their interpretation of Czech competition law on the corresponding EC rules (Skoda Auto)

The decision of the Ministry for Competition (the predecessor of the Czech NCA) in the Škoda Auto case, confirmed on constitutional complaint by the Constitutional Court in its judgement rendered on 29 May 1997, is one of the oldest and at the same time most controversial cases of application of the prohibition on the abuse of a dominant position under Czech law. Its events date back to 1994 and 1995, when Škoda Auto, the biggest Czech car manufacturer, ended the production of its Škoda Favorit model and launched the Škoda Felicia. During the several months of the transition period, the production of certain spare parts for the older type was lagging. The Ministry considered that the situation amounted to an abuse of a dominant position, namely a limitation of production to the prejudice

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  • Wolf Theiss (Prague)
  • Czech Ministry of Justice (Prague)

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Robert Pelikán, Jan Převrátil, The Czech Constitutional Court declares that in the period preceding the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU, the rights guaranteed by the Constitution were not infringed by the Czech competition authorities basing their interpretation of Czech competition law on the corresponding EC rules (Skoda Auto), 29 mai 1997, e-Competitions May 1997, Art. N° 20059

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