Auchan, Carrefour, Cora, Kaufland, under new Competition Council investigation

The Competition Council has launched a new investigation into possible infringement of national and EU competition rules by five companies operating on Romania’s food distribution market, a Council’s release informs.
The investigation is targeting some retail chains in Romania and their suppliers. It is about Auchan Romania SA, Carrefour Romania SA, Romania Hypermarche SA (Cora), Kaufland Romania SCS and Trident Trans Tex. “We have recently completed a wide-ranging relevant investigation whose findings we will announce by the end of this month. We have indications regarding possible price fixing between other retailers and their suppliers. The understandings on price fixing represent serious deviation from the principle of free competition on the market, resulting in affecting consumers,” said Bogdan Chiritoiu, the Competition Council’s President.
This September, Chiritoiu announced that the competition authority has completed the investigation report which aimed four major retailers: Metro, Rewe, Mega Image and CDE R Interex. They are under investigation for ‘vertically’ understanding with suppliers and risk paying high fines, between 2 – 4 percent of turnover.
Since 2009, Competition Council carries investigation regarding possible anticompetitive agreements between retailers and their suppliers, establishing prices for sale or resale.

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