Romanian Competition Council raids Enel offices in antitrust stint

Ovidiu Posirca 31/05/2017 | 15:46

The Competition Council has raided the offices of E-Distributie Muntenia, the distribution arm of Italian utility Enel in Romania, as part of an investigation into the award of contracts for connections to the grid.

The inspectors of the Competition Council also went into the HQs of four companies specialized in connections to the grid: Electrica Power Consulting, Simco International Impex, The Institute for Energy Studies and Design (ISPE) and Servicii Energetice Muntenia.

“The competition authority suspects E-Distributie Muntenia of discrimination in regarding some companies providing related services by selecting some operators based on other criteria against the ones mentioned in the law. Thus, consumers might be affected EDM’s influencing of technical solutions proposed to clients, of the duration and costs of connection to the grid, as well as of the option of choosing providers of related services,” said the antitrust watchdog in a statement.

The Competition Council inspectors picked up documents from the companies as part of the investigation. The authority said that the investigation is still in the early stages and that the raid was approved by a judge at the Bucharest Court of Appeal.

The investigation looks into a potential abuse of power of E-Distributie Muntenia.

“An inspection of the Competition Council was conducted regarding the grid connection process applied by E-Distributie Muntenia. The company is fully cooperating by providing access to all the documents and information requested. We cannot make any other comments at this point,” said E-Distributie Muntenia in a statement submitted to BR.

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