CEZ to officially react to Bulgaria´s accusation in 2 mths


25.07.2014 14:36

Prague/Sofia - Power company CEZ has been solely asked today to provide a stance to Bulgaria's anti-monopoly office accusation of abuse of dominant position on the local market and it will do so in the two-month term set by law, CEZ spokeswoman Barbora Pulpanova told CTK.


Vchod do sídla bulharské pobočky ČEZ v Sofii. ČTK/AP Valentina Petrova

"This is no new accusation, the inquiry was started last year in March," Pulpanova said.

"Nevertheless, we still reject the accusation as ungrounded, all our companies have always obeyed and are obeying Bulgarian and EU laws," she added.

Bulgaria's anti-monopoly office today accused Czech energy companies CEZ and Energo-Pro and Austrian firm EVN of abuse of dominant position on the market.

The companies have been accused of making it difficult for corporate clients to switch electricity supplier or buy electricity on the free market.

The regulator started investigation of these companies last year in March.

EVN has the same stance as CEZ. Company Energo-Pro is yet to be contacted concerning the issue.

This year in May, the Bulgarian regulator accused the same companies of charging too high prices to providers of television, phone and Internet services for access to distribution networks thus breaching competition rules.

Bulgarian energy regulator DKEVR also leads proceedings with the three companies - on potential withdrawal of licences due to a dispute over the payment of alleged debts by the distributors.

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