The Nikolaev office of Antimonopoly committee of Ukraine accuses suppliers of oil products of arrangement, and the prices — of economic groundlessness

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By results of monitoring of the markets of light oil products by the Nikolaev regional territorial office of Antimonopoly committee of Ukraine it was established that since December, 2008 and within January - May, 2009 on the majority of gas station of Nikolaev operated by the enterprise with foreign investments "Lukoil UKRAINE", JSC UTN Vostok, JSC Trading House Kontinium Galichina, JSC Alliance Holding, JSC Galnaftogaz Concern which act on the market of retail trade high-octane gasoline (A92 and A95) within Nikolaev, retail prices for high-octane gasoline raised or decreased to identical level (or with an insignificant deviation from such level) at the same time (or it is close in time).

"Lukoil Ukraine", JSC Alliance Holding, JSC UTN Vostok, JSC TD Kontinium Galichina, JSC Galnaftogaz by number of gas station and volumes of realization of high-octane gasolines through gas station treat leading sellers of high-octane gasolines in Nikolaev.
The specified subjects of managing carry out retail trade of high-octane gasolines through 36 gas stations that makes 54,5% of total of the gas stations located in Nikolaev.

By results of research in 2008 a share "Lukoil Ukraine", "Alliance Holding", "UTN the East", "TD Kontinium Galichina", "Galnaftogaz" in the market of retail trade of high-octane gasolines in Nikolaev makes more than 50%.

Similarity of actions "Alliance Holding", "Lukoil Ukraine ", " UTN the East ", " TD Kontinium Galichina ", " Galnaftogaz "is that the specified subjects of managing within December 2008 - May, 2009 made identical actions on increase or decrease in retail prices for the high-octane gasoline, supporting them at identical level during this period in Nikolaev.

The preliminary researches conducted by territorial office, testify that the specified subjects of managing have the different suppliers who are carrying out purchase of gasolines at the different prices, incur different expenses.

Thus the prices are established by these subjects of managing at identical level and change synchronously that testifies to their economic groundlessness.

Thus, in actions "Alliance Holding", "Lukoil Ukraine", "UTN the East", "Galnaftogaz", "TD Kontinium Galichina "are seen actions in the market which high-octane gasoline and for the purpose of the termination of actions which contain signs of violation of the competitive legislation, consideration of the case about a violation of the law about protection of the economic competition is begun.

At the same time the board provided recommendations to terminate, containing signs of violations of the law of Ukraine about protection of the economic competition, to eliminate the reasons and conditions, to them promoting.

In particular to form retail prices on the terms of the competition, without allowing similar actions with other operators of this market, to reduce retail prices for high-octane gasolines up to economically reasonable sizes to 04.06.09р. reports a press - service of the Nikolaev terotdeleniye of Antimonopoly committee.

The chairman of territorial office Drobilko Yu.M. Napomnil that the size of a penalty for commission of the coordinated anti-competitive actions can reach 10% of a revenue of subjects of managing. led to competition restriction.

Considering given, for the purpose of situation settlement in the market retail torgovlinodatelstvo about protection of the economic competition.
At the same time the board provided recommendations to the Enterprise with foreign investments "Lukoil Ukraine", to UTN East Limited liability company, Alliance Holding Limited liability company, Kontinium Galichina Limited liability company, Galnaftogaz Concern Open joint stock company:

1.To terminate, containing signs of violations of the law of Ukraine about protection of the economic competition, to eliminate the reasons and conditions, to them promoting, in particular:

1.1. високооктанови to form retail prices for gasolines on the terms of the competition, without allowing similar actions with other operators of this market.

1.2. To reduce retail prices on високооктанови gasolines up to economically reasonable sizes till 04.06.09

Chairman of territorial office Drobilko Yu.M. I hoped that recommendations will be implemented in due time and paid attention that the size of a penalty for commission of anti-competitive coordinated actions can reach to 10% of a revenue of the subject of managing.

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