Region: Poland

Poland raids cleaning products manufacturer in RPM probe

Poland’s competition authority has raided the Kraków headquarters of cleaning products manufacturer Kärcher as part of a resale price maintenance investigation, one month after France’s Competition Authority dropped a similar probe into the German company.

21 July 2021

Poland issues rare fine for dawn raid obstruction

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection has issued its second-ever fine to an individual for a procedural violation, as the agency hit a gym operator and its manager with a combined penalty for obstructing a dawn raid.

26 May 2021

Poland investigates basketball league no poach agreements

Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is investigating the country's top men's basketball league and its 16 teams due to concerns they unlawfully colluded to terminate players' contracts and withhold their salaries.

23 April 2021

Polish court suspends merger approval for PKN Orlen deal

A Polish court has issued an interim injunction suspending the national competition authority’s approval of PKN Orlen’s acquisition of Polska Press pending a challenge by the country’s human rights commissioner against the tie-up.

13 April 2021

Polish enforcer clashes with human rights commissioner over document request

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has refused to hand over documents to the country's human rights commissioner relating to its review of PKN Orlen's acquisition of Polska Press due to confidentiality concerns.

23 February 2021

Poland clamps down on fitness cartel

Poland's competition enforcer has fined eight fitness companies and six of their managers a total of €7.2 million for market sharing, marking only the second time it has fined individuals for an antitrust infringement.

12 January 2021

Rare Polish deal block is a “disgrace”, media company alleges

Polish media company Agora has slammed the president of the country’s competition authority for blocking its takeover of a rival radio broadcaster hours before a scheduled meeting to discuss potential remedies for the deal.

08 January 2021

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Featured in GCR 100 2021

A new head of Poland’s competition watchdog has already issued several decisions and begun a series of probes, but plenty of local antitrust practices continue to advise companies on long-running appeals against older decisions.

11 December 2020

Poland fines first individual for cartel infringement

Poland’s competition watchdog has fined two of Veolia’s local subsidiaries €26.8 million for market sharing, while also imposing its first-ever cartel sanction on a company executive who it found to be “directly responsible” for the infringement.

07 December 2020

Poland raises duopoly concerns over radio tie-up

Poland’s antitrust enforcer has raised concerns that a Polish media company’s purchase of a radio broadcaster would create a duopoly in the national market for radio advertising – in a Phase II review that has lasted more than a year.

18 November 2020

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