Bid rigging investigations on focus in Bulgaria

Authors: Eleonora Mateina, Anastasiya Grunova

January 2019  Kluwer Competition Law Blog

After almost three years of investigation, the Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition (“BCPC”) has issued a Statement of Objections against in total 24 Bulgarian undertakings for bid-rigging in public procurement procedures under the National Program for Energy Efficiency of Multifamily Residential Buildings (“Energy Efficiency Program”). The bid-rigging was considered a breach of Article 15 para. 1 of the Bulgarian Competition Protection Act (“BCPA”), i.e. a cartel between undertakings on the market of surveys for the establishment of technical characteristics and preparation of a technical passport of buildings under the Energy Efficiency Program.