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Bulgaria: Competition protection commission fines Uber

 |  July 6, 2015

Bulgaria’s Competition Protection Commission has imposed four fines totalling 200 000 leva on two companies offering Uber taxi and car-sharing services, commission spokesperson Mario Gavrilov said on July 6 2015.

In an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, Gavrilov said that the CPC held that the Uber service was identical to that of taxi services, but suppliers circumvented tax laws, did not pay licence fees, did not account for their revenue and so created an uncompetitive environment in the market.

“We imposed two fines on the two companies carrying out the Uber service in Bulgaria…on the one hand, we imposed a fine of 50 000 leva for violating provisions of the Competition Protection Act. They said that they were not performing such but after a thorough analysis, we found that they were doing just that, first providing transport for a fee and beyond that providing a journey on a route defined by the user,” Gavrilov said.

Full content: The Sofia Globe

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