July 08, 2016

EU competition authorities raid railway offices

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THE European Commission Directorate General for Competition confirmed on July 6 that its officials carried out a number of unannounced inspections at the offices of passenger rail operators on June 28 as part of an investigation into anti-competitive practices.

In a statement, the commission said it has concerns that the companies involved may have entered into anti-competitive agreements to shut competing passenger operators out of the market in breach of Article 101 on the Functioning of the European Union.

IRJ understands the raids took place in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic and were carried out with the support of national antitrust authorities.

The commission says unannounced inspections are a preliminary step in investigating anti-competitive behaviour and does not mean the companies involved are guilty of malpractice.

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