Polish Briefing 20 August, 2018 9:00 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: A Lithuanian office ends the proceedings against Orlen Lietuva

What goes on in Poland on the 20th of August.

A Lithuanian office ends the proceedings against Orlen Lietuva

The Lithuanian Competition Council has completed an investigation into the possible abuse of dominant position by Orlen Lietuva on the sale of dyed diesel. The investigation was initiated on the basis of the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court, despite the fact that the Council was of the opposite opinion.

As a result, the Office established that there are several dozen companies selling fuel of this type in Lithuania, which compete with Orlen Lietuva. In addition, it has not been shown that the Lithuanian subsidiary Orlen limited its sales even more so that customers bought the raw material from other suppliers.

In March 2016, the Council decided to investigate whether Orlen Lietuva had abused its dominant position on the Lithuanian diesel market. The proceedings were initiated after the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, which finally approved the motion of the Association of Lithuanian Petrol Stations and ordered it to be carried out.

According to the preliminary assessment of the Orlen Council, Lietuva was able to apply different conditions for the sale of colored diesel to Imlitex and members of the Union of Lithuanian Petrol Stations, which limited the possibility of competition. The Council’s decision may be appealed against to the District Administrative Court in Vilnius within 20 days.