Competition Council: Fines of RON 520,000 for two prepaid phone cards dealers

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Avenir Telecom SA and Euronet Services SRL did not change the contracts with their prepay products distributors within the maximum stipulated period. As a result, the two companies were fined with RON 298,905 and RON 220,510 respectively by the Competition Council (CC), Mediafax informs, quoting a press release

“It is for the first time when we are applying measures for failure to respect the commitments. The aim of completing an investigation by assuming some commitments is to quickly restore the competition driven environment. Taking on commitments is an initiative of the involved companies and any later change in the way these are applied is only made following the decision of the competence authority,” said Bogdan Chiritoiu, president of the CC.

The mobile dealers and their product distributors also committed that upon selecting their distributors and sub-distributors. They would apply a set of transparent and non-discriminatory set of principles and selection rules.

Competition Council completed in 2012 two investigations regarding possible anti-competitive agreements between Orange, Vodafone and Cosmote and all their dealers of prepaid products (approximately 150), after the involved companies have assumed some commitments to conclude contracts, which to contain provisions that would stimulate competition.

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