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World Deutsche Bahn must pay 48 million penalty

17:55  20 april  2021
17:55  20 april  2021 Source:   de.reuters.com

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EU competition headers have imposed a fine of around 48 million euros against Deutsche Bahn. Background, violations of European antitrust law, as the EU Commission announced.

Das Logo der Deutschen Bahn an der Zentrale am Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. © fabian summer / dpa The logo of Deutsche Bahn at the head office at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

In addition to the Deutsche Bahn, the information is also affected by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and the Société Nationale of Chemins de Fer Belges (SNCB). "The companies were involved in a cartel, which dealt with the division of customers," said the EU Commission. The companies would have granted their participation in the cartel.

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Concretely, it has gone to freight traffic on certain rail corridors. "Today's decision sends a clear signal that such anti-competitive agreements are unacceptable," said the competent EU competition commissarin Margrethe Vestager loud communication.

The Commission's investigation suggested that the three railway undertakings exchanged unlawfully on customer inquiries and gave each other higher price quotes. There have been corresponding agreements between 2008 and 2014.


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the Deutsche Bahn emphasized, the customers were no economic disadvantages arose. "The allegation of the Commission is not aimed against antitrust law permissible price formation, but alone against the joint definition, which of the participating tracks should be responsible for the respective customers," explained a spokeswoman.

The ÖBB was completely adopted the penalty based on a cranital control. Deutsche Bahn must pay 50 percent more, because it was previously noticed by illegal agreements, the punishment has been reduced by 45 percent for cooperation in the context of the cranital regime with the investigators.

The amount of the reduction is based on when companies have offered their cooperation and to what extent this helps to prove a cartel. Another ten percent were deducted because the rail has granted its participation.

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