Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Decision 657/2018

Decision on the ex officio investigation by the Directorate-General for Competition into the possible violations of Articles 1 and 2 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011, as well as Articles 101 and 102 TFEU, by the company MINERVA S.A. with regards to its agreements.



Decision 657/2018
File (PDF) Decision 657/2018
Date of Publication of Decision April 24th, 2018
Issue Number of Government Bulletin  
Relevant Market Production and Sale of Margarine and Butter
Proceedings Collusion, Concerted Practice
Legal Framework Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011
Decision Violation
Complainant  Ex Officio Investigation
Respondent  MINERVA S.A.
Summary of Decision

Upon an ex officio investigation by the Directorate-General for Competition into the sector for the production and sale of margarine and butter, the Hellenic Competition Commission, in plenary session, unanimously decided that “MINERVA S.A.” violated Article 1 of Greek Law 703/1977 (now Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011), as well as Article 101 TFEU, with its involvement in a prohibited vertical agreement with affiliated wholesalers/distributors involving resale price maintenance clauses, concerning the time frames from 1/3/1997 to 31/3/1998 as well as from 1/6/2003 to 31/5/2010.

The Commission: a) ordered MINERVA S.A. not to commit the aforementioned violation in the future, b) imposed, regarding the second time frame, a fine of three hundred and eighty-four thousand one hundred and six Euros and sixty-five cents (€384,106.65) and c) reserved its right to fine MINERVA S.A. with a fine of ten thousand Euros (€10,000) per day of non-compliance with the measures, beginning from the day of publication of the decision. 

Judicial Means Final. Decision has not been appealed
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