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17 March 2016
In March 2015 the Competition Protection Agency initiated proceedings (for further details please see "Competition Protection Agency investigates automotive industry") against Hyundai Avto Trade doo – the authorised importer and distributor for Hyundai in Slovenia – and its authorised mechanics. At the time, the agency had reason to believe that the companies were concluding agreements on selective qualitative distribution which led to the foreclosure of independent mechanics and alternative distribution channels for spare parts.
In line with Article 39 of the Prevention of Restriction of Competition Act, Hyundai Avto Trade has proposed remedies to the agency in order to address the agency's concerns and eliminate the alleged foreclosures on the market. The agency has invited all parties which are active on the market for repairs and maintenance works on Hyundai vehicles and those active on the market for the sale and use of non-genuine spare parts (of the same quality) for Hyundai to provide comments, opinions and suggestions on the basis of the proposed remedies, which have been published on the agency's website.
The remedies proposed by the parties to the proceedings are as follows:
The parties have agreed to undertake these commitments within three months following the adoption of the decision and propose a three-year validity period after which the commitments will no longer be in force.
Interested parties should closely monitor whether the agency will accept the proposed commitments and, at the same time, be alert to any developments which might require further warranty schemes inquiries in the automotive sector.
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