Date of Decision:7/12/2017
Criticism of the Competition Authority for a number of failures when processing a case on the suspected abuse of a dominant position
In a complaint case against the Competition Authority, the complainant declared that the Competition Authority had committed several errors during an investigation of suspected abuse of a dominant position.
According to the Parliamentary Ombudsmen’s understanding, the Competition Authority’s investigation took longer time than what was needed. The Parliamentary Ombudsmen also directs criticism against the Competition Authority for, in several cases, delaying to establish official notes during investigations.
The Parliamentary Ombudsmen further states that the Competition Authority, in connection to a confidentiality assessment against a party in the case, on a number of occasions, failed in conducting an accurate assessment when handing out information, already at the time when the complainant made their original request.
The matters raised by the complainant regarding the investigation being too extensive and onerous, and that interrogators were not allowed to look over transcripts of their enquiry, will not lead to any criticism.