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The Visit to the Office for the Protection of Competition

Author: Lan Hương Phạm Ngọc, published: 28/05/2015 10:59 | 0 comments

On 28th April 2015 about 30 students from Faculty of Law of Masaryk University paid a visit to the Office for the Protection of Competition in Brno. The speakers were Mr Mgr. Martin Švanda, press agent and Mr Mgr. Tomáš Kubeša.

Mgr. Švanda introduced our students to history of this institution and to general authorities of the Office, to its structure and to success of controls taken against competitors who are breaking the rules of thecompetition. He mentioned that Ing. Petr Rafaj is a chairman of the Office as a head of the institution now  and his term of office is ending so we will see if he is going to be appointed again. If he was elected again, it would be for the first time of the whole existence of the Office for the Protection of Competition. He willingly described the procedural process that the Office is dealing with. He did not forget to point out that Supreme Administrative Court has been  dealing with cases from 2003 so a long procedure of gathering evidences, that a competitor was unfairly competing, can be seen.

Mgr. Švanda was followed by Mgr. Kubeša who looked into issues of revealing cartel agreements. He described every each competence which Office provides evidences by. There were, of course, mentioned examples from practice and probably every student will remember mentioned situation when there was a local inquiry in Company and one of its employers refused to undergo an inspection of his laptop so he ran away with the laptop. Because of this accident, the Company was fined with 1 mil. CZK. Then, Mgr. Kubeša familiarized us with the institute of leniency and reconciliation which are abundantly used in the Office. Just as a matter of interest, he mentioned that ordinary cartel negotiation takes about 2 – 3 years but we cannot leave out that the Office managed to reveal record number of anticompetitive behaviour in 2014. 10 decisions for prohibited agreements were put out and 7 of them were related to horizontal cartels.

Both men really willingly answered the questions of participants so they learned, for example, that the Office is searching even on social site Facebook where he learned that specific cartelists are ex-classmates and they are also registered on the same list of six-a-side football.

In conclusion, it could be said that students evaluated the visit very positively, especially very fascinating interpretation and willingness to answer any questions from both speakers.


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