Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Nine firms fined for cartel agreement

The food producer made a deal with eight retailers; only one admitted it.

Illustrative stock photo(Source: Sme)

The Antimonopoly Office (PMÚ) has fined altogether nine companies with a total of €10.3 million for signing a cartel agreement on prices of certain foodstuffs. It is one of the highest fines issued by PMÚ, the Sme daily reported.

The investigation, launched in 2013, revealed that the Slovak dairy Rajo agreed on prices of milk, cream and butter together with eight retailers. As a result, the prices were very similar in all of their shops. Even the discounted prices were a result of the agreement.

The list of retailers includes Billa, Carrefour, CBA, Coop Jednota, Moja Samoška, Kaufland, Terno, and Tesco. They usually only pretended to fight for customers when selling the Rajo products, Sme wrote.

“The system of operation and communication among the participants caused that the products were sold for prices that were higher than if they had originated according to the principles of effective market competition,” PMÚ wrote in the report, as quoted by Sme.

Most of the retailers were making price deals with Rajo between May 2009 and February 2014. Moja Samoška joined in April 2013.

PMÚ revealed the cartel mostly thanks to the emails it seized during the raids. The communication shows that Rajo coordinated the prices of its milk, butter and cream, and also that the company and some retailers knew it was illegal.

Rajo, as well as seven retailers, however, still plead their innocence and claim the charges are fabricated. The only one that admitted to the cartel agreement is Billa, which will thus pay only half of the fine, Sme wrote.

Top stories

How the national emblem appeared – including so far secret communism designs

Even Slovaks often do not know why the national emblem depicts a white double-cross, and not the Kriváň peak, or the design by artist Vincent Hložník. They also do not know why it makes a difference whether it is…

Offical Slovak national emblem and colours

Bratislava Zoo will have new wolf breeding station

One of most significant investments of the Bratislava Zoo in the year 2017 will be the building of a new wolf breeding station.

Foreigners: Events around Slovakia Photo

Tips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between February 17 and February 26, including a race on old wooden sleighs, an operetta premiere, a lot of jazz, classical and rock music, and more.

Rce in krňačky sleighing, Turecká 2017

Some food really is better in Austria, study finds

EC says its role is to monitor safety, not quality – but Slovaks want the same as Austrians, says minister.

Illustrative stock photo