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Second stage of proceedings: BP - Arge

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Second stage of proceedings: BP - Arge
  • UOKiK initiated the second stage of proceedings concerning the partial takeover of assets belonging to Arge Paliwa and Arge Nieruchomości by BP Europe.
  • The case requires a market research.

In Poland, BP Europe operates, inter alia, in the wholesale and retail fuel market. Arge Paliwa also operates in this business sector. The operations of both undertakings overlap in many local petrol station markets. Arge Nieruchomości is primarily involved in the management, rental and sale of own properties.

In this case, it is necessary to conduct a market research and verify the data provided by BP in the application for consent to transactions. Beside the undertakings’ shares, it is also necessary to determine in what area individual stations compete with each other.

The commencement of the second stage of the proceedings is by no means determinative of the ruling which may be given in the future. The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection may approve the concentration (conditionally or unconditionally), or may prohibit the transaction.

Additional information

Pursuant to the act on competition and consumer protection, proceedings pertaining to concentration consist of two stages. The first stage of the proceedings takes up to one month; however, in particularly complex cases, where there is a probability of a significant restriction of competition or where a market research needs to be carried out, such proceedings may also last longer.

The UOKiK website  publishes information on all concentration-related anti-trust proceedings conducted by the Authority. More information about the principles governing concentration of undertakings can be found in a dedicated paper.

Additional information for the media:

UOKiK Press Office 
Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1, 00-950 Warszawa
Phone: +48 695 902 088, +48 22 55 60 430
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