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Competition Council investigates anticompetitive conduct on the cement market – Holcim Romania, CRH Romania and HeidelbergCement suspected

The analysis of the cement industry production and trade in Romania indicates an atypical situation in which the cement producers maintain their market shares approximately equal and stable over time, with the increasing risk of some forms of coordination of activities, the Competition Council informs on Tuesday. The CC found that there could be coordination could exist between the three major producers, Holcim Romania, CRH Romania and HeidelbergCement Romania, at the level of the products produced and delivered in order to share the market, hotnews.ro reports.

These conclusions have been presented less than a month after the Competition Council announced that it has launched an investigation into Holcim Romania, CRH Cement (formerly Lafarge) and Heidelbergcement Romania. These companies are investigated on a possible anti-competitive understanding by sharing the market for the cement production and marketing in Romania from the perspective of market shares and/or products offered on the market, capping or controlling the production, marketing, technical development or investments, correlated with the possible coordination of the pricing policy of the companies involved since 2010, the authority announced on Tuesday. If they are found guilty, companies risk fines of up to 10% of their turnover.

The preliminary report is subject to public consultation on the Competition Authority’s website, www.consiliulconcurentei.ro.

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