UOKiK, Poland’s competition authority has
instituted explanatory proceedings to examine the market structure
of the coal sector.
The proceedings are not against any specific
company but will analyse levels of concentration and competition
across the whole sector, as well as the general market behaviour of
all companies operating in it. This could, depending on its
findings, lead to further proceedings against particular market
According to UOKiK, its inquiry will primarily
concern the distribution of coal across Poland, including sales
channels and pricing policies.
UOKiK has already conducted a number of sector
inquiries. Last month, it instigated proceedings to examine the
structure of the mobile phone market and to assess cooperation
between mobile operators.