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Bulgaria: Energy firms zapped with anticompetitive allegations

 |  July 25, 2014

Bulgaria’s competition regulator has levied new allegations against the nation’s three private energy distributors, accusing the companies of anticompetitive behavior.

According to reports, the Commission for Protection of Competition claims the distribution firms owned by Czech CEZ, Energy-Pro and Austria-based EVN are abusing the market dominance. The CPC says the firms are “applying various practices in exchange for important information between subsidiaries of the same distribution group about customers” in the market for direct electricity.

The companies, the authority said, are putting up barriers for distributor switching and harming competition.

According to reports, this is the second such accusation in three months that the CPC found the companies guilty of anticompetitive practices.

Last May, the companies were criticized for practices in giving service providers access to utility poles.

Full content: Sofia Globe

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