Region: Poland

Poland toughens stance on dawn raid obstructions

Poland’s competition authority has imposed one of its largest-ever fines for obstructing a dawn raid after employees at a pair of companies deleted communications from their work phones ahead of a search.

06 September 2023

Poland raids grain storage sector over price-fixing concerns

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has raided two agricultural product manufacturers over alleged price-fixing and information exchange, in an ex-officio preliminary cartel probe based on public information.

23 August 2023

Poland raids farm equipment sector

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has conducted one of the largest dawn raid operations in its history as it probes whether three agricultural equipment companies and their subsidiaries colluded to fix prices, share information and divide the market.

19 June 2023

General Court upholds PKN Orlen/Lotos conditional approval

The EU’s General Court has rejected an appeal from a paraffin wax company challenging the European Commission’s clearance of a merger between two Polish state-owned oil and gas companies, ruling the applicant misunderstood the agency’s decision.

15 June 2023

Speedway league and governing body sanctioned in Poland for imposing salary cap

Poland’s antitrust authority has fined the country’s top speedway league and the national motorsports governing body €1.2 million for unlawfully capping the salaries of professional motorcyclists, eight months after issuing its first no poach decision against a basketball league.

06 June 2023

EU in-depth clearance underlines bloc’s “anxiety” about green supply chains

Competition lawyers have said the European Commission’s decision to unconditionally approve Norsk Hydro’s €232 million acquisition of Alumetal after an in-depth review suggests the agency is anxious about deals affecting the bloc’s green transition.

05 May 2023

Polish court upholds first-ever successful merger appeal

A Polish appellate court has confirmed a lower court decision that overturned a merger block by the national competition enforcer for the first time, allowing a pair of media companies to take steps towards completing their deal.

01 March 2023

Poland fines waste collection consortium for bid-rigging

Poland’s competition authority has fined seven companies over €1.5 million for entering into a consortium to avoid competition when bidding on contracts for the collection, transport and management of municipal waste.

07 February 2023

Poland hits Kärcher with €5.5 million RPM fine

Poland’s competition enforcer has fined a cleaning equipment manufacturer €5.5 million for imposing minimum resale prices on its distributors, in a decision that the leniency applicant is likely to challenge even though it secured a substantial discount on the penalty.

11 January 2023

Brazil, Sweden and Poland open fuel pricing investigations

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog has opened a preliminary probe into a suspected fuel resale cartel, as enforcers in Sweden and Poland have launched market inquiries into rising fuel prices.

09 January 2023

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