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Monday, 24 February 2020 11:00

Decision 702/2020

Decision concerning the review of compliance of the company “ATTICA GROUP S.A.” with the commitments imposed by Decision no. 658/2018.
Decision 702/2020
File (PDF) Decision 702/2020
Date of Publication of Decision February 24th, 2020
Issue Number of Government Bulletin 3423/B/14.08.2020
Relevant Market Passenger Shipping
Proceedings Review of compliance with the commitments imposed by Decision no. 658/2018
Legal Framework

Article 8 of the Greek Competition Act 3959/2011)

Decision Non-compliance
Notifying Company -
Company under examination

ATTICA GROUP S.A.

Summary of Decision

The Competition Commission, as part of an ex officio investigation into ATTICA GROUP’s compliance with the commitments imposed by Decision no. 658/2018, unanimously decided that: the company ATTICA GROUP did not comply with the operative part of Decision no. 658/2018 with respect to: 

a) condition B6 (a), concerning the fulfillment of the Kavala – Limnos route from October 2018 (specifically 8th October 2018) until the 9th June 2019, and 

b) condition Β6 (b), concerning the fulfillment of the Santorini – Symi route from November 2019 (specifically 29th October 2018) until the week ending on Sunday the 17th March 2019.

The Competition Commission decided by majority that the total period of non-compliance amounted to 238 days regarding the non-fulfillment of the Kavala – Limnos route and 140 days regarding the non-fulfillment of the Santorini – Symi route. Having appraised ATTICA GROUP’s extent of non-compliance with the imposed commitments as well as the company’s honest desire to cooperate, the Competition Commission unanimously i) imposed a fine of twenty-nine thousand seven hundred and ninety-two (27,792) Euros for its non-compliance with the aforementioned commitment (B6), ii) ordered the company to cease its non-compliance with commitment B6 and iii) ordered ATTICA GROUP to extend the period of compliance with commitment B6 in accordance with the company’s own proposal. In particular, “The Company (ATTICA GROUP) agrees to comply with commitment B6 for an extra year following the completion of the three year period since the publication of the operative part of Decision no. 658/, and a) to increase its weekly route frequency to a remote island by one (1), providing there is no other route for that island operating at the moment by another ferry company, for a period of 34 weeks and b) to introduce a new route in Greece which is not currently offered by the ATTICA GROUP, HSW, or any other ferry company, for a period of 20 weeks.”
Judicial Means  
Decisions by the Court of Appeal of Athens(Administrative Division)  
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