“Not a monopolist". AMCU has closed a case against DTEK

The Antimonopoly Committee has decided that the energy holding Rinat Akhmetov’s DTEK does not abuse the monopoly position in the electricity market.

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) voted to close the case against DTEK. The decision was supported by 5 members of the committee. 1 voted against.

According to the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee, Akhmetov’s company cannot abuse its monopoly position as the electricity market in Ukraine is regulated.

“The decision was made on the basis of a study of the market situation during 2015-2017. For this period, DTEK could not abuse the monopoly position. Perhaps, after the establishment of the electricity market, this decision will be revised”, said a representative of the Antimonopoly Committee, reports “Gromadske”.

At the same time, the Antimonopoly Committee acknowledged that DTEK as the state-owned NNEGC “Energoatom”, possesses a certain market power, but these companies have no influence on the cost of electricity, because the market is regulated and the tariff is determined by the National Regulatory Commission.

The final decision on this case will be adopted in mid-January.

As it is known, the decision on DTEK case was postponed several times. It was supposed that it would be considered on January 17, but then the hearing was postponed to December 28.

The Antimonopoly Committee began proceedings on the monopoly position of DTEK energy holding in the electricity market back in 2015. In particular, cases were considered on the basis of violations of the law on the protection of economic competition by DTEK “Dniproenergo”, DTEK “Vostokenergo” and DTEK “Zapenergo” companies.

According to antimonopolists, the Committee does not consider thermal generation as a separate market, but this does not prevent the opening of the case (but helps to close it).

DTEK’s press service stated that the holding is not a monopolist and that the company hopes for an “objective and transparent investigation”.

 

Source: epravda.com.ua

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