Within its long standing efforts to minimize bid rigging behavior, the SCC fined four local companies active in the field of maintenance and repair of rolling stock. Following several market inquiries and dawn raids of the companies involved, the investigation revealed that the respective companies pre-agreed on minimal prices to offer in the tender for maintenance of Arbel type freight cars announced by one of the major local thermal power plant operators. The SCC considered that the parties cooperated throughout the entire investigation which it acknowledged as a mitigating circumstance when setting the fines. The fines, which were nonetheless imposed, varied between approx. EUR 12,500 and EUR 42,200.
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