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Parliamentary questions
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18 October 2018
Question for written answer P-005334-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Françoise Grossetête (PPE)

 Subject:  Anticompetitive practices over access to refrigerant 1234yf
 Answer in writing 

Since the transition from using refrigerant 134a to 1234yf as a global standard for automotive air-conditioning systems, the US firm Honeywell appears to be abusing its monopoly position, which is having the effect of pushing up prices for consumers wishing to recharge their car’s air-conditioning.

The price of a single charge has doubled, or even tripled, on the after-sales market. In total, the additional cost for European consumers is likely to run into the billions of euros.

What measures will the Commission take to address this abuse of a dominant position, restore effective competition in the market for refrigerant gas for cars and ensure that consumers do not unfairly suffer from this price increase?

Original language of question: FR 
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