Region: Bulgaria

Bulgaria accuses Lukoil of margin squeeze in motor fuel market

Bulgaria’s antitrust watchdog has alleged that Lukoil Bulgaria abused its dominance by operating a margin squeeze in the wholesale motor fuel market, less than a year after accusing the oil company of unlawfully restricting fuel imports.

30 September 2022

Bulgaria accuses Lukoil of unlawfully obstructing fuel imports

Bulgaria’s competition authority has accused Lukoil, one of the world’s largest energy companies, of abusing its dominance in the local fuel market by restricting its competitors’ access to pipelines connected to the country’s largest offshore oil terminals.

12 November 2021

Bulgarian enforcer accuses hospitals of restricting access to medical services

Bulgaria’s competition enforcer has accused a pair of hospitals of abusing their dominance by refusing to allow rivals access to certain medical facilities and services in their respective cities.

04 August 2021

Court orders Bulgarian enforcer to reexamine energy deal

Bulgaria’s competition watchdog has reopened an in-depth probe into insurance provider Eurohold’s purchase of CEZ’s Bulgarian energy businesses after a court overruled its initial decision to block the deal.

07 September 2020

Bulgaria raids petrol association in coronavirus price-fixing probe

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition has raided the offices of an association of petroleum companies after the country’s public prosecutor warned of discrepancies between the cost of global crude oil and local fuel prices.

28 May 2020

EU secures commitments from Romanian gas supplier

Romania’s state-owned gas supplier, Transgaz, has agreed to supply other EU member states with a minimum quantity of natural gas to resolve a European Commission antitrust probe.

06 March 2020


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06 November 2019

Arms deal annulled by Bulgarian court

A Bulgarian court has voided a controversial arms manufacturing deal because the country’s competition authority declined to review the tie-up when it was legally required to do so.

23 January 2019

EU fine in pipeline for Bulgarian gas incumbent

The European Commission has fined Bulgaria’s state-owned gas supplier €77 million for restricting access to the country’s gas infrastructure network.

17 December 2018

Bulgaria blocks media and electricity deals

Bulgaria’s Commission on Protection of Competition has refused to clear two deals in the national electricity and media markets on the grounds that each would harm competition.

20 July 2018

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