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Antitrust office imposed Sk996 million fines this year

THE SLOVAK antitrust office PMU imposed fines totalling Sk996 million (€26.3 million) from the beginning of this year until the end of October, the SITA news agency wrote.

"However, not all decisions have already come into force," PMÚ chairwoman Danica Paroulková said at a press conference November 28.

The PMÚ imposed the highest fine of Sk885 million (€23.3 million) to fixed line operator Slovak Telecom (ST) on May 25 for the misuse of its dominant position. ST failed to provide access to local loops to alternative telecommunications operators. ST appealed the verdict.

Paroulková said that PMÚ's priority for 2006 is to reveal restrictive practices that have a negative impact on the Slovak economy. The PMÚ also wants to check potential unsuccessful tenders organized by individual ministries and will try to work towards removing administrative barriers to effective competition.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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