Region: Austria

Austria settles with Südzucker following double jeopardy victory

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has agreed a €4.2 million cartel settlement with the world’s largest sugar producer, nine years after Germany’s Federal Cartel Office fined the company for colluding with rivals.

02 June 2023

Austria remedies online radio streaming deal

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has allowed the national public broadcaster to purchase a majority stake in an online radio streaming service, provided it grants all licensed radio operators reasonable access to the platform.

31 May 2023

Austria raids Liebherr over RPM concerns

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has raided household appliance maker Liebherr Hausgeräte Lienz as part of a resale price maintenance probe.

24 April 2023

Austria examines food delivery platforms in new sector inquiry

Austria’s antitrust watchdog has launched an inquiry into the online food delivery sector, warning that Uber Eats’ exit from the country four years ago created a highly-concentrated domestic market that warrants closer scrutiny.

15 March 2023

Austria seeks more fines in construction cartel probe

Austria’s antitrust enforcer has asked the country’s specialist competition court to fine a construction company €4.8 million for its role in the country’s largest-ever cartel.

24 February 2023

Austrian court dismisses dawn raid challenge

Austria’s Higher Cartel Court has rejected a group of wood pellet companies’ claims that the country’s antitrust enforcer illegally raided them, as anonymous reports of price-fixing and consumer complaints of price increases are “credible” grounds to suspect an infringement.

16 February 2023


Featured in GCR 100 2023

Local firms dominate Austria’s competition bar, working opposite an adept antitrust authority that is unafraid to pursue big investigations.

12 December 2022

Austria’s top court follows ECJ ruling to dismiss double jeopardy concerns in sugar cartel

Austria's Supreme Court has applied a European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on double jeopardy to find that Südzucker should face fines for a cartel agreement despite already being punished for the conduct in Germany.

30 November 2022

Austria urges top court to intervene in construction cartel case

Austria’s antitrust watchdog has asked the country’s highest court to rebuke a lower court for refusing to review and amend a leniency applicant’s cartel fine, arguing that the purported legal loophole does not exist.

25 November 2022

Austria seeks significant fines and expands largest-ever cartel probe

Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has asked the country’s specialist competition court to fine two construction companies for taking part in a wide-ranging cartel, while also accusing two more businesses of participating in the conspiracy.

28 October 2022

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