European Union trust busters are investigating whether Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state-owned railway, is discriminating against its private rivals in the prices it sets for electric power on its network.
The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it is examining whether Deutsche Bahn’s DB Energie unit, the sole supplier of electrical power to locomotives, offers discounts which “lead to higher prices for competitors of Deutsche Bahn and place them at a competitive disadvantage on the rail freight and passenger market.”
Antitrust officials raided Deutsche Bahn’s offices last year following complaints that DB Energie was discriminating against private rail freight operators. It has not named the complainants.
The Commission said the opening of proceedings does not prejudge the outcome of its investigation; it merely means it is treating the case as a matter of priority.
Deutsche Bahn dominates Germany’s rail freight market and is Europe’s biggest rail cargo operator, with businesses in several counties, including the U.K., Spain and the Netherlands.
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