PMÚ fines construction firms for new cartel

THE ANTITRUST Office (PMÚ) has fined four unspecified construction companies €613,644 for signing a cartel agreement. The companies reportedly coordinated their activities in a public procurement that took place in 2010 in Košice Region. The decision is not valid yet since the fined firms can still appeal it.

THE ANTITRUST Office (PMÚ) has fined four unspecified construction companies €613,644 for signing a cartel agreement. The companies reportedly coordinated their activities in a public procurement that took place in 2010 in Košice Region. The decision is not valid yet since the fined firms can still appeal it.

“The subject of the order was the reconstruction of the former medical facility which currently provides services in the social services area,” said Andrea Wilhelmová, spokesperson for PMÚ, as quoted by the SITA newswire. She added that the project was financed via the European Regional Development Fund, Slovakia’s state budget and the Environmental Fund, which allocated altogether more than €2 million.

The PMÚ received information about the possible cartel agreement from another state body. To confirm the suspicion, it carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of the construction companies. Though it has not received any direct proof of the cartel agreement, there was other evidence and a certain number of “corresponding events” that as a whole proved that the firms coordinated their activities and violated the rules for competition, Wilhelmová explained, as reported by SITA.

She, however, did not reveal any details since the decision is still not valid.

The PMÚ ordered the construction firms to pay €354,719, €158,783, €56,485 and €43,657. The companies have 15 days to appeal the decision, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovak skier Vlhová dominates parallel slalom in St Moritz

It is her first victory in this World Cup season.

Slovakia's Petra Vlhová celebrates with teammates at the end of an alpine ski, women's parallel slalom World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland.

This is not even the end of the beginning

Somehow Boris Johnson sold himself as the least tiresome.

The UK is like a flatmate who promised to move out, but just never leaves. In the meantime, they keep stealing beer from the refrigerator while complaining about how it tastes.

Slovak wines do great abroad, but inspectors see them as unfit at home

Slovak legislation does not recognise orange and cloudy wines. As a result, inspectors remove them from the shelves of stores in Slovakia.

Michelin-starred restaurants buy Slovak wines while inspectors in Slovakia remove some of them from the shelves of stores

Economy minister: A gas crisis may come after the New Year

Slovakia will probably have to use all measures possible to secure supplies.

Gas storage facility in Gajary.