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September 20, 2021

Competition Council fines HP almost RON 3 M

The Competition Council has fined Hewlett-Packard (HP) Romania almost RON 2.97 M (approximately EUR 665,000) for abuse of dominant position, according to a communiqué.
Following an investigation started in 2012 as a result of a complaint, the Competition Council discovered that HP Romania abused its dominant position by cancelling ahead of time and without an objective justification a contract on the basis of which it was offering its partners special prices for HP consumables supplied to an important business sector client.
According to the communiqué, the contract was carried out through four partner companies – SC ISA SRL, SC KMP Vest SRL, SC S&T Romania SRL and SC Be Proffice SA/RTC Proffice Experience SA. HP Romania’s decision to cancel the contract five months before its expiration date and to sever existing commercial relations with the four partner companies was adopted without any explanations.
“A company that holds a dominant position can adopt the necessary strategies in order to protect its commercial interests, however such measures have to be reasonable and proportional to the effects they could have on clients and the competition. In line with European competition rules, a dominant company’s refusal to supply products to a stable client, without an objective justification, can represent an abuse. In this case, HP Romania cancelled the contract before it expired and stopped already existing relations with partners without offering an objective justification,” Competition Council President Bogdan Chiritoiu (photo) stated in the communiqué.
In 2007-2011, HP Romania held a dominant position on the inkjet printers market, with a market share of over 80 per cent.

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