Bulgaria's CPC Fines Sofia Heating Utility over Dominant Position

Business | May 19, 2014, Monday // 15:04| Views: 910 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's CPC Fines Sofia Heating Utility over Dominant Position Photo by BGNES

The Competition Protection Comission (CPC) has fined Toplofikatsia, Sofia's heating utility, for occupying a dominant position on the market.

Toplofikatsia is now due to pay BGN 62 000 of fine after the competition watchdog ruled it was imposing the same prices to companies distributing its heating energy. The Commission says this deprives consumers of the opportunity to choose a provider according to the "pricing" criteria.

With its actions, the heating utility hinders competition on the market of heating distribution, as the regulator's position was quoted by Dariknews.bg.

The decision can be appealed with the Supreme Administrative Court.

Toplofikatsia is yet to comment on the ruling.

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Jonathan Mills - 20 May 2014 // 07:51:56

I do not understand. Companies with a dominant position are generally fined for imposing different prices to its distributors by favouring one company over another. By this approach it suggests that all supermarkets must ensure they sell proucts purchased for a set price to customers at different prices around the city? The fasct of Toplofikatsia having a dominant market position is due to government policy not corporate activity.