Competition accuses seven security companies for cartel in public tenders – Portugal

The Competition Authority (AdC) accused seven companies of participating in a cartel in public tenders for the provision of surveillance and security services, at least since 2009.

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“The AdC adopted a notice of illegality (statement of accusations) against companies 2045/Gália, Comansegur, Grupo 8, Prestibel, Prosegur, Securitas and Strong Charon for involvement in a cartel in public tenders for the provision of surveillance and security services, throughout the national territory, since at least 2009,” said today, in a statement, the authority presided over by Margarida Matos Rosa.

This process was opened following several complaints filed in the context of the campaign to combat collusion in public procurement.

For Competition, there is a “reasonable probability” that the companies in question will be sanctioned for having set price levels and “allocated customers” within the scope of public procurement procedures, with the seven companies representing about half of the offer surveillance and security market.

In October and November 2019, AdC carried out “search and seizure procedures” at the premises of five of the targeted companies, located in Lisbon.

On Friday, the notice of illegality was adopted, thus leaving the process to be kept secret from justice.

“The Competition Authority stresses that the adoption of a notice of illegality does not determine the final result of the investigation. At this stage of the process, companies, which enjoy a presumption of innocence, are given the opportunity to exercise their right to be heard and defended. in relation to the offense attributed to them, the evidence gathered and the sanction or sanctions they may incur”, the document reads.

AdC also recalled that the competition law prohibits cartels, stressing that the fight against these agreements continues to deserve its “top priority”.

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