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Monday, 24 February 2020 13:17

Decision 703/2020

Decision on the ex-officio investigation in the furniture and professional equipment market, in order to determine whether there is an infringement of Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011 (on the “Protection of Free Competition”) and/or Article 101 TFEU.
Decision 703/2020
File (PDF) Decision 703/2020
Date of Publication of Decision February 24th, 2020
Issue Number of Government Bulletin B/3377/13.8.2020
Relevant Market Furniture and professional equipment market
Proceedings Infringement of Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011
Legal Framework

Article 1 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011

Article 25 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011 and Settlement Decision no. 628/2016

Decision no. 526/2011 under the Greek Leniency Programme

Decision

A. The company “K. PAPANASTASIOU OFFICE FURNITURE SA” with registered name “Grammi Goitrou” obtained immunity from  fines under the Greek leniency programme (Decision no. 526/2011, par. 47) and

B. The company “MAR OFFICE FURNITURE MICHALIS PICHAS & SONS” was given a fine reduction according to the Settlement Procedure for the violation of article 1 of Law 3959/2011. The fine amounted to 29,013.59 euros.

Notifying Company -
Company under examination “K. PAPANASTASIOU OFFICE FURNITURE SA” with registered name “Grammi Goitrou” and “MAR OFFICE FURNITURE MICHALIS PICHAS & SONS”
Summary of Decision

Agreement between the undertakings concerned (distortion of competition), which results in the restriction of competition by object. In this case, the provision of Article 101 TFEU does not apply as there is no evidence of impact on inter – state EU trade.

PAPANASTASIOU substantially assisted the HCC in the investigation of the respective violation and was granted full immunity from fines under the leniency programme. By the same decision, the HCC reduced by 15% the amount of the fine imposed on PICHAS for its cooperation under the Settlement Procedure and the unconditional admission of its participation in the infringement.

Judicial Means  
Decisions by the Court of Appeal of Athens(Administrative Division)  
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