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Parliamentary questions
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12 July 2018
Joint answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-002487/18 , P-002534/18
Question references: E-002487/2018, P-002534/2018

The timing of the procedural steps in a competition investigation depends on the specific factual and legal issues that it raises. The Commission issued a Statement of Objections informing Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and two of its subsidiaries, that BEH may have abused its dominant position pursuant to Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

As the Bulgarian State is the sole shareholder in BEH, the Bulgarian Minister of Energy was involved in this case, including in meetings with the Commissioner responsible for competition.

The case is still ongoing. The legal deadlines applicable to this case are set out in Articles 25 and 26 of Regulation 1/2003. The aim of the Commission with these proceedings is to investigate whether BEH has abused its dominant position and if so to identify the abuse and ensure that it will not occur again, while fully respecting BEH's rights of defence.

Various events may prolong the time between the Statement of Objections and the final Commission decision. They may include discussions on commitments, which may take longer as it may be useful to understand whether the parties are prepared to propose effective and suitable commitments to address the concerns as raised in the Statement of Objections.

They may also include discussions on the basis of the cooperation procedure in order to understand whether parties are prepared to finalise a case in a cooperative way.

Last updated: 12 July 2018Legal notice