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OMV Says EU Antitrust Probe Is on Companies That Get Russian Gas

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- OMV AG said that the companies that are being investigated by European Union regulators looking for possible antitrust violations in central and eastern Europe get natural gas from Russia.

“There are investigations by the EU competition autority regarding natural gas,” OMV Chief Executive Officer Gerhard Roiss told reporters in Fuschl am See in Austria today. “Companies that get gas from Russia are being investigated.”

The European Commission said yesterday that it raided companies that may have broken antitrust rules or have information about behavior that excluded rivals by dividing markets, hindering access to networks, harming efforts to widen supply sources or overcharging. It didn’t name the companies it visited or the 10 countries where their offices are located.

OMV AG said yesterday that it was among the companies that were raided and that it is cooperating fully with the authorities.

“We are a very transparent company,” Roiss said. “We are cooperating with the competition autority.”

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Zoe Schneeweiss at zschneeweiss@bloomberg.net


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