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Press Release - Market Investigation in the Press Distribution Sector – HCC Second Interim Report

Subject: Market Investigation in the Press Distribution Sector – HCC Second Interim Report

Following the first interim Report of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) (here in Greek) and the views submitted to the public consultation (here in Greek) the HCC publishes today its second interim Report and launches a second public consultation inviting interested parties to submit comments.

The second interim Report (here in Greek) concludes that there is a lack of effective competition in the press distribution sector and proposes remedies to restore competition in the sector.

The measures examined in the Report include: 

  • Changes in the corporate governance of the sole press distribution agency
  • Chinese Walls
  • Policy to avoid conflicts of interests
  • Setting up an advisory committee
  • Prior notification of changes in the shareholding of the sole press distribution agency
  • Code of Conduct
  • Appointment of a Trustee
  • Collective Bargaining between publishers and the press distribution agency and / or between end points of sale (kiosks) and the press distribution agency
  • Creating a Joint Venture 
  • Natural Monopoly Regulation

The Report assesses the above remedies and proposes the remedies that (according to article 11 (3) Law 3959/2011) are absolutely necessary, appropriate and in accordance with the principle of proportionality to create conditions of effective competition in the press distribution sector.

Following the second public consultation the HCC will issue its final Report. 

Public Consultation: 

The second public consultation will last from 6.10.2021 until 8.11.2021. Interested parties are invited to submit their comments (in editable format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  until 8.11.2021. Any responses beyond the deadline and / or modified responses to the public consultation will not be taken into account.

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