Increased prices of grain silos.  The offices of two companies were searched

President of UOKiK, Thomas Crostney, initiated declaratory proceedings in this case, and office staff With court approval and with the help of the police, they searched the premises of two entrepreneurs: BIN from Aleksandrów Kujawski and Michał P. Targoński Limited Partnership with its registered office in Wysokie Mazowieckie.

UOKiK will investigate the reasons for the increase in grain silo prices

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) reports that the clarifying procedures started after the information obtained in the interview of the administrative staff. He stressed that It is carried out in the case, and not against specific entrepreneurs.

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The purpose of the activities conducted is to check whether it is possible for grain silo prices to rise as a result of illegal practices UOKiK explained, after the announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in April 2023 of a co-financing program for the purchase and construction of infrastructure for storage of agricultural products.

In the demonstration procedures, we want to investigate whether there could be collusion in pricing and sharing of confidential information between competitors in the market. “We are currently analyzing the evidence collected,” said UOKiK President Tomasz Crostney.

He pointed out that setting prices jointly or exchanging information about them is a violation of competition law. – He noted that entrepreneurs should independently calculate the prices at which they offer products.

“If the collected materials confirm the suspicions, the head of the office will initiate antitrust proceedings and bring charges against specific entities. Participation in the competition restriction agreement is punishable by a fine of up to 10% of the company’s total sales. businessman turnover. The directors responsible for the collusion conclusion are threatened with a fine of up to PLN 2 million.

The office emphasized that “severe penalties” could be avoided thanks to the leniency programme. “It gives the businessman involved in the illegal agreement and the directors responsible for the collusion an opportunity to reduce and sometimes avoid the fine,” UOKiK added.

It was noted that the software may be used provided that the Head of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection cooperates as a “crown witness” and provides evidence or information as to the existence of a prohibited agreement.

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