kzkThe Commission for Protection of Competition has instituted an ex officio proceedings for investigation of infringement of competition, against Public Utility Company Gradska Toplana Niš, in order to establish the existence of infringement of competition, namely, the abuse of dominance from Article 16 of the Law on Protection of Competition.

The State Audit Institution has previously established that the price of thermal energy supply services has been set in a manner which deviates from the prescribed methodology, resulting in an increased amount of the service cost relative to the level that would have resulted from the use of prescribed methodology for the calculation of thermal energy supply prices for end-users. The State Audit Institution has also found that connection costs to the district heating network are calculated in a manner not provided for by the relevant legal framework. The Commission reasonably assumed that such invoicing, in a manner as established by the State Audit Institution, could depart from the “cost principle”, which may represent an anticompetitive action from Article 16(2/1) of the Law on Protection of Competition. The Commission will investigate and establish the existence of a potential infringement of competition in full and complete compliance with Article 41 of the Law.

All persons in possession of data, documents or other relevant information which could contribute to the accurate fact-finding in this proceedings are called upon to submit said to the Commission for Protection of Competition to the address 25 Savska St., Belgrade.