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Competition: Statement regarding unannounced inspections in Norway



The EFTA Surveillance Authority can confirm that today, officials from the Authority carried out unannounced inspections in Norway in relation to activities in the aviation sector. The Authority has concerns that the activities may have infringed the competition rules of the EEA Agreement.

The inspections were carried out at the premises of airline company Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS. The Authority was assisted by officials from the Norwegian Competition Authority.

Surprise inspections are a preliminary step in investigations into suspected anti-competitive practices or an abuse of a dominant position.

«The fact that the Authority carries out such inspections does not mean that the undertakings are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself,» said Mr. Per Andreas Bjørgan, the director of the Authority's Competition and State Aid Directorate.

There is no strict deadline to complete inquiries into possible anti-competitive conduct.

«The duration of such inquiries depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise of the rights of defence,» Mr. Bjørgan said.

At this stage, the Authority cannot provide any further information about this specific case. For general information regarding the Authority and its activities, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187



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