The four sanctioned companies are Fisioterapia, Iriteb, L’Eivax y Centro de Accidentes Laborales y Rehabilitación Gramenet (Carlg). The fines imposed are the following: Fisioterapia: 600,000 euros; Iriteb has been fined 240,000 euros, L’Eivax 80,000 euros and Carlg 30,000 euros.
According to research conducted by ACCO, it has been concluded that after the public tender called by CatSalut in 2012, the companies reached an agreement to share the market and prevent the entry of competitors through the creation of a joint venture; not being this creation “a natural market behavior”. This conduct is prohibited by Article 1 LDC and constitutes an infringement that may be qualified as “very serious”.
As a result of these agreements, the bill paid by CatSalud was higher and the discounts offered were lower than those offered in the rest of bids. Specifically, while the rest of Catalonia offers bidding companies were up to 13% lower than the base price competition; in the four batches investigated the discount was 7%.
Now we will have to wait to see if third parties appeal the award on the basis of its invalidity or if CatSalud acts on its own initiative, since accredited irregularities could lead to such invalidity.
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