The Office imposed fines for cartel of AV equipment suppliers

2022-03-23
By its first-instance decision, the Office for the Protection of Competition imposed fines in the total amount of CZK 2 442 000 on the undertakings AV MEDIA SYSTEMS, a.s., M plus spol. s r.o., Nowatron Elektronik, spol. s r.o. and SCIENTICA AGENCY, s.r.o. for a prohibited agreement on public procurement (bid rigging). The decision has already entered into force.

By its first-instance decision, the Office for the Protection of Competition imposed fines in the total amount of CZK 2 442 000 on the undertakings AV MEDIA SYSTEMS, a.s., M plus spol. s r.o., Nowatron Elektronik, spol. s r.o. and SCIENTICA AGENCY, s.r.o. for a prohibited agreement on public procurement (bid rigging). The decision has already entered into force.

According to the Office's decision, at the turn of 2016 and 2017, the undertakings operating in the field of audio-visual solutions and technology supply influenced the outcome of two tenders and thus distorted competition in the process of selecting suppliers.

All the parties requested the Office to apply the so-called settlement procedure, accepting the Office's findings of fact and its legal qualification, for which they received a 20 % reduction in their penalties.

 

The final fines for each of the parties to the prohibited agreement:

 

AV MEDIA SYSTEMS, a.s.               CZK 1 695 000

 " M plus " spol. s r.o.                        CZK 507 000

Nowatron Elektronik, spol. s r.o.       CZK 200 000

SCIENTICA AGENCY, s.r.o.             CZK 40 000

 

Press Unit of the Office

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