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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2018
E-006062-18
Question for written answer E-006062-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Monopoly on press distribution in Greece
 Answer in writing 

According to recent press reports in the Greek press, a business group, that carries out a great volume of publishing activities, at the same time also controls the only agency distributing printed matter throughout Greece.

The fundamental competition rule in the EU states that enterprises must not abuse their dominant position in the market to crowd out their smaller competitors.

In this case, the abuse of a dominant position compromises not only the economic elimination of small enterprises, but also the freedom of the press and democracy.

Given that the National Competition Authority has already launched an own-initiative research study into the press distribution market in Greece while, in a decade, 80 enterprises in the SME sector have gone out of business, 8 000 jobs have been lost and payment of a large proportion of employees’ wages is currently delayed by between 2 — 12 months, can the Commission say:
1. What steps it will take to address the phenomena of a monopoly in the press release and distribution market and the abuse of a dominant position by an enterprise in the industry?
2. How it will intervene to tackle unfair competition in the press and to avoid any further negative effects on employment and the institutional role of SMEs?
Original language of question: EL 
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