EU court upbraids Commission over raids against Czech rail operator

25 June 2018 2:27pm
The mandate for a European Commission raid against the Czech Republic's rail operator was too wide, the EU General Court ruled today, striking down elements of the 2016 inspections decision.

Based on the complaints and evidence in its possession, the commission wasn't entitled to search the premises of České dráhy for evidence of any kind of abuse of dominance on any of the routes it operated, the judges ruled.

The commission cannot claim “it possessed information suggesting that the appellant engaged in predatory pricing 'on certain railway lines, in particular (but not necessarily limited to) the Prague-Ostrava route,' when it only possessed evidence that was sufficiently strong in relation to that route," the General Court held.

By Nicholas Hirst.