The Commission has opened formal proceedings in its investigation into whether Austrian waste management company ARA has abused its dominant position by foreclosing access to the market for the management of household and commercial packaging waste.

The investigation will focus on whether ARA has hindered or prevented entry or expansion into these markets by obstructing access to its collection infrastructure and pressurising both customers and collection service providers not to contract with its competitors.

The Commission has indicated that, if established, it believes ARA’s practices may result in increased waste management costs with a resulting higher price for packaged goods.