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Denmark: Two members of the management in now dissolved demolition company fined DKK 300.000 each in bid rigging case

18. January 2019

The City Court of Hillerød has fined two members of the management in a now dissolved demolition company for infringing the Danish Competition Act by bid rigging.

The City Court of Hillerød has fined two members of the management in a now dissolved demolition company DKK 300.000 each for having participated in cartel agreements in the demolition industry. The two members of the management have infringed the Danish Competition Act by exchanging prices with competing demolition companies in connection with 24 bids on subcontracts.

The violations occurred in the period from October 2011 to September 2013 and include bids regarding both public and private customers, including the National Museum of Art, the Hermitage, and several train stations and educational institutions.

The size of the fines takes, among other things, the following circumstances into account; the number of violations, the length of the period during which the coordination has taken place, the values involved, the fact that the conditions were committed negligently and past legal practices. Furthermore, it is important that a part of the coordination has taken place after 1 March 2013, where there was an increase of the level of fines as a part of the adjustment of the Danish Competition Act.

The case is part of a case complex with several demolition companies. In autumn 2015, the Danish Competition and Consumer Agency conducted inspections at a number of companies in the demolition industry. Based on these inspections and further investigation, the Competition Council decided to hand over the case to the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime in April 2016. The State Prosecutor investigated the case and initiated criminal proceedings.

In the following months, there will be rulings in the other cases in the demolition industry.

For further information contact head of communication at The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Hanne Arentoft, on telephone +45 41 71 50 98.

Read the whole ruling in Danish here.

18. January 2019